In this post, I am going to about-face and argue that the story of Esther also reveals the solution to defeating racism. We must treat each other as individual persons, not as representatives of our group. … Read More Lessons on Racism in Esther
The skeptic finds that Esther encapsulates the human experience of doubt, and the author invites the reader to interact with the discomfort of a God who is “silent as light, hid from our sight.”… Read More The Silent God
Every generation will encounter evil. One theme of the book of Esther is that it is necessary for women to resist evil by refusing to be silent. I find this message to be relevant for current events. As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speaks up before the whole nation concerning her story regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett… Read More Refuse to be silent.
Racism, persecution of people because of their race, instigated the crisis of Esther, as Haman demands the death of all the Jews because of the insult of one Jew. But, racism also motivated Esther’s author to highlight the race of Haman, a comedic resolution to an historic, racial conflict between the Amalekites and the Israelites. Racism is evident throughout Esther’s story.… Read More Racism in Esther
The only direct instruction of Esther is how to throw a party.… Read More Party like its 479 BCE!