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Studies in the Book of Esther (REL375)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the Book of Esther with a focus on its homiletic interpretation; formulate the theological implications of the Book of Esther; discuss the historical background of the Book of Esther.
Major topics taught in this course include: authorship of the book; hidden references to the vessels and clothing of the Temple; significance of times; Divine Providence; “man”; anonymity and publicity; “Hadassah”; silence; attributions; the significance of dates; the parallels between the money given to the Mishkan and the money given by Haman; the significance of removal of king’s ring; behavior in the king’s palace; “three days”; why Esther made a party; double entendre of “king”; “in his heart”; inevitable triumph over Amalek; identity of Harvona; Divine intervention in the Book of Esther; meanings of “anger”; kings removing rings; the state of the Jews after the war; walled cities from the time of Joshua’s conquest; Purim on Shabbos; source of the laws of Purim; parallels between the Book of Esther and the revelation on Mt. Sinai. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.