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: BIB533
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Emma Austin


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Esther

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

Unit Content


  1. Discuss a detailed knowledge of the text of Esther;
  2. Critically analyse the theological, social and ethical concerns of Esther
  3. Summarise and explain the various methods in interpreting Hebrew narrative;
  4. Critically analyse and discuss prescribed passages;
  5. Assess the relevance of the book of Esther and make personal application to Christian life today.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Esther
  • Reading Hebrew narrative
  • Character analysis
  • The book production and variations
  • Plot analysis
  • Cultural background to Esther
  • Challenges in reading Esther
  • Providence in Esther
  • 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 University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided