6 2021

The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther: Diaspora Novella, Political Zionist Tract or Theological Statement

The Book of Esther, at best, gets looked at by observing Jews for a few days before Purim, on the holiday itself, and then rarely if at all. The story itself is rich and complex and is related to other Biblical books in ways not usually discussed while celebrating Purim. During this deeper dive, we will look into some of the literary aspects of Esther, some of the politics simmering between the lines, and deal with the Jewish diety’s absence from the book. Please have a Tanakh (Hebrew Bible, English translation is fine) for this course.
Instructor: Steve Kerbel

Eight Wednesday Mornings
9:30 - 11:00 AM
January 6 - February 24, 2021

Sponsor: Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies