Details for Esther

Esther is a female character in the Old Testament who outwits her enemies in a deadly game of palace politics. In a thoughtful examination of Esther, we discover that it is a book rich in wonder, mystery, and artistic literary expression. The excellent Hebrew narrative of Esther, with its twists and turns, continues to make it a favourite book for many of us today. This unit will take you into the Persian world of Esther, and its post-exilic context. We will particularly explore with Esther ‘where is God?’ - for this narrative is crafted in such a way that the name of the LORD is never mentioned, yet God is present in every situation.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB313
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jacqueline Grey


The following courses are prerequisites or co-requisites:

Awards offering Esther

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit is an examination of the book of Esther and its narrative world.


  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the theological, social and ethical concerns of Esther
  2. Display a deepening understanding of various methods in interpreting Hebrew narrative
  3. Demonstrate an advanced capacity for critical exegesis of prescribed passages;
  4. Reflect on the relevance of the book of Esther and make personal application to Christian life today

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to Esther
  2. Reading Hebrew narrative
  3. Character analysis
  4. The book production and variations
  5. Plot analysis
  6. Cultural background to Esther
  7. Challenges in reading Esther
  8. Providence in Esther
  9. Application in Esther

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Contemporary Presentation (25%)
  • Exegetical Essay (50%)
  • Exam (25%)