Looking back at Esther

Esther was a small book, but it had a lot in there for the treatment of women in the Bible, which is what this exercise is all about. That said, this book does not denote Biblical or Jewish custom. It is solely the history behind Purim, a Jewish holiday that came from the day when … Continue reading Looking back at Esther

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Looking back at Joshua

The book of Joshua concludes the story that began back in Egypt in the book of Exodus. Moses had liberated the Israelites and was leading them to the land that God had promised to their fathers when they hit a few snags in the road. They are dealt with in the last books and this … Continue reading Looking back at Joshua

Reflections of Esther

Esther was a small book, but it had a lot in there for the treatment of women in the Bible, which is what this exercise is all about. That said, this book does not denote Biblical or Jewish custom. It is solely the history behind Purim, a Jewish holiday that came from the day when … Continue reading Reflections of Esther

Esther 8-10: Turning the tide

We pick up here after Esther has asked the king to spare her people and come out as a Jew for him to know who she means before pointing the finger at Haman for all these troubles. Haman ends up hung on the gallows he'd had erected for Mordecai and Mordecai is given the house … Continue reading Esther 8-10: Turning the tide

Esther 5-7: Dealing with Haman

We return again to Esther, who has replaced Vashti as queen, is loved or admired by everyone she meets, is still keeping that she is a Jew a secret, and about to come out to the king and ask him to spare her people at her uncle's behest. Chapter five After the fasting from the … Continue reading Esther 5-7: Dealing with Haman

Esther 3-4: Trouble begins

Okay, we're going to do two chapters this time. I really don't like dragging my feet through any book, but again, there's a lot in this one. Chapter three  I'm not so sure how I feel about this one. I feel a little like Esther was setup and installed in the palace so that Mordecai … Continue reading Esther 3-4: Trouble begins

Esther 2: Queen Esther

Again, there is way too much in this one to do more than this chapter. Maybe we'll speed things up a bit down the road.The king of Persia has banished Queen Vashti for refusing to come show off her beauty at a party that it may not even have been appropriate for her to be at … Continue reading Esther 2: Queen Esther

Esther 1: Queen Vashti

Because this is a small book packed with so much for women, I'm going to take it slowly and try to keep the length of each post reasonable. That means doing just chapter one today. Here is the link to the chapter if you've never read it: Esther 1 Despite that this book is named after … Continue reading Esther 1: Queen Vashti

1 Chronicles 1-9:Genealogies

Genealogies are typically long lists of men who fathered sons who fathered sons and so on. This is true of the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles, but a few women made their way in there. Some we know because of prior stories, some are included with exploits, but most are simply named as a … Continue reading 1 Chronicles 1-9:Genealogies

Reflections on Joshua

The book of Joshua concludes the story that began back in Egypt in the book of Exodus. Moses had liberated the Israelites and was leading them to the land that God had promised to their fathers when they hit a few snags in the road. Those are dealt with in the last books and this … Continue reading Reflections on Joshua