Lessons from the Book of Esther
This small book has been the subject of controversy since ancient times. It nearly didn’t make it into the Jewish canon of the Old Testament. It is the one book of the Bible that never mentions the name of God at all (in the Hebrew, at least). Nevertheless, the providence of God operating in human affairs through faithful and courageous individuals is very much at the heart of this amazing book.
The Rabbis writing in the Talmud came to assert that there were two portions of Scripture that would always have an enduring relevance to mankind: the Books of Moses and the Book of Esther. That may seem an amazing assertion. Come find out why Esther should elicit such interest and praise.
Find out why this book is so timely for us Christians as we feel ourselves increasingly beleaguered in this secular society and in this election cycle. There are timely lessons for us in this often overlooked book.
Note: Presentations will run for about an hour with light refreshments and opportunities for open discussion. Join us for one or all five sessions.
Beginning the week of April 12th
Tuesday evenings: 7:15 at St. John Fisher College
in Murphy Hall across East Ave. (31-F) from the main campus
Wednesday evenings: 7:15 in Charlotte
at 294 Burley Rd.
Thursday mornings: 9:30 in Rochester
at the St. Irenaeus Center, 542 Blossom Rd.
Esther concerns the destiny and salvation of God’s people in a hostile world. It can yield a rich treasure to all who study it seriously. We will be covering the nine chapters of the canonical book and chapters 10–15 of the Deuterocanical additions.
We suggest $5.00 a session (1.5–2 hours instruction with a break), but people pay only what they can afford, and college students are free.