Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity at Brite Divinity School Presents “Esther, Ishtar, and Easter, or Scripture, Satire, and Survival,” a seminar examining the book of Esther, on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
“The book Esther is an oddity in our biblical library. God is never mentioned, the main character is a woman with suspiciously mythological characteristics, and the story world is riddled with gross exaggeration, parody, and ironic reversals too tidy to be credible. What is this book doing in our Bible? What are we supposed to do with it? And why in the world should we be reading it on the eve of Easter?”