“Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman” blanks & extra resources
Here are the words for the fill-in-the-blanks in our “Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman” women’s Bible study with Beth Moore (via DVDs). You are welcome to join us any time [on Zoom] for this study @ 10:00am – noon on Friday mornings!Week 1 (July 24th, 2020) - Introduction, part 1
The Background of Esther in the Hebrew Bible and Tradition
The Book of Esther is also known as the Megillah.
Like the Book of Daniel, Esther is a Diaspora story.
The Uniqueness of the Book of Esther
- The total absence of any reference to God
Why study the Book of Esther?
- It’s part of God’s Word.
- Based on Psalm 138:2b God’s name may not be in it, but it is on it.
- It offers tremendous hope.
- It extends a vital perspective on the providence of God. Merriam Webster’s definition of providence: “God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny.” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary adds, “In so doing [in His providence] God attends not only to apparently momentous events and people but also to those that seem both mundane and trivial. … Indeed, so all encompassing is God’ attention to events within creation that nothing … happens by chance.”
A Royal Mess
Homework: pages 10-20
Week 2 (July 31st, 2020) - Introduction, part 2
Ephesians 1:11—Even when we’re blind to the evidence, God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.”
Philippians 2:13—God “works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”
- The title bears a woman’s name.
Throughout the next nine weeks we’ll consider different scenarios to underscore the concept captured in our study’s title.
It’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow.
- The God-ordained emphasis on human responsibility.
According to Word Biblical Commentary, the inspired author of Esther “lays all the stress on the human contribution to the divine-human synergism” [combined or shared energy].
Homework: pages 21-31
Week 3 (August 7th, 2020) - session 1, part 1
Today’s session introduces our protagonist and most vital supporting actor. We will use these important “first mentions” to help us draw character sketches of each based on what we know and what we also might imagine.
A Character Sketch of Mordecai
- He was a Jew (6:10; 8:7; 9:31; 10:3; 5:13).
“Its significance is indicated by the fact that this is the only time in the whole Old Testament that a native member of the community of Israel is named and identified by a gentilic.”
- He was an exile.
Esther 2:6 “employs the root of the word for exile (glh) in four distinct constructions, lest the full measure of the Jewish plight be overlooked.” View the repetition in the King James Version: “Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.”
- He was a sudden parent to his cousin.
A Character Sketch of Esther
- She was named Hadassah.
This Jewish name comes from the word for “myrtle” and means “fragrance.”
- She was orphaned.
A Contest for a Queen
Homework: pages 34-44
Week 4 (August 14th, 2020) - session 1, part 2