MA in Pastoral Ministry

OTST 566 Writings: Esther







Professor: Constance Gane
Date: April 10-14, 2016
Location: Burman University, Alberta Canada

Course Description:

Through a careful examination of the text of Esther, the student will:

  1. Study the text in its brutal, historical context of the Persian Wars. Hebrew and Persian documents, archaeological remains, and Greek historians will be brought into the discussion to facilitate the recognition of significant textual under tones.
  2. Learn to understand how possible authorship and dating is arrived at while maintaining scholarly integrity when examining the historicity of Esther. In this context the student will learn that the relationship between biblical narrative and history is probably one of the most important issues in evangelical hermeneutics today. Through the study of the book of Esther, the student will have the opportunity to recognize that God has in fact worked in history through events that really happened.
  3. Grapple with the plain reading of the text which demands an honest look at the ethics of choosing to conceal one’s identity in the name of survival, disquieting moral ambiguity, the apparent absence of religious values, and the presence of sensuality and brutality as a recourse for survival.
  4. Examine the larger theological question for God’s people when their status with respect to the covenant is broken. In this context, the student will explore the power of a crisis which forces one to make a decision for God.
  5. Finally, the student will encounter the providence of God as seen in the story of Esther in which God is invisible, inscrutable and silent, a story which resonates with many in our postmodern world.

Class Resources:

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Student Attendee List:

  1. Joseph Amankwah
  2. Ian A. Bramble
  3. Shawna Campbell
  4. Steve Carlson
  5. David K Chimwaso
  6. Olaf Clausen
  7. Michael Corbel
  8. Mike Dauncey
  9. Alison M. Down
  10. Roger Esteves
  11. Karen Hayde
  12. Eyitwoyo Lawel Natufe
  13. Elmer Manzanares-Marenco
  14. Rhoda Miller
  15. Fitzroy Radlein
  16. Evaldo Vicente Silva
  17. Neil Tagarao
  18. Aleksandra Tanurdzic
  19. Alrick Watson
  20. Larry Weidell