About the Reading Scripture Together: Jews in Royal Courts – Esther course
With this session, we are embarking on two-part series where we will be looking at the theme of biblical Jews in foreign, royal courts. For this first instalment, we will explore the story of Esther, the secret Jew who wins a king’s beauty pageant and saves of her people from annihilation. Who was Esther and why did she hide her Jewish identity? How did she exercise leadership and ultimately save her people? What message can we take today from the recurring biblical theme of being a foreigner in a royal court?
In this online session, we will read the story of Esther together from Jewish and Christian perspectives, consider other representations of this story, and learn from one another as to what it means to be living in ‘such a time as this’ (Esther 4:14).