The book of esther is a story that is truly relatable drama that just about everyone can find relatable. Thus the deeds of queen esther cast a ray of light forward into israels history from a dark time. On the surface, it appears to be a story about survival, prejudice, and politics. The key personalities are esther, mordecai, king ahasuerus or xerxes, and haman. Use the ctrl key with the f key to open a search box for this page or. Although we are told nothing about those first years, we can be certain they were filled with wonder for this young woman swept into palace life. This expositional bible study of the book of esther was written by dr. Through the pages of the bible, god reveals himself. The book of esther, like much of the bible, tells the story of gods involvement with his people. Ladies bible study on esther introduction the book of esther is one of the most exciting books in all the old testament and is nearly unique in employing a woman as its leading character.
Prayer is not mentionedit wouldnt be, since god is omitted. The book of esther in the bible is a dramatic account which can give us insight into gods special and purposeful plan for our lives. In this sixweek study, explore the subject of gods providence, walking verse by verse through the book of esther. Historical background chronologically, esther falls in the middle of ezra, probably between chapters six and seven, around 485 bc during the early years of the reign of king ahasuerus creelman 1917, 291. The book of esther gives hope and confidence to anyone who needs to know that god is present, powerful, and. The bible study notes, bible teaching articles and questionanswers are divided into twelve categories seen listed below. The book of esther, which could be viewed as a study of a variety of lead ership styles, ends with what could b e taken to be a pr escription for effective leadership esther 10. This study guide on the book of esther was written by thomas klock of harvest christian fellowship in 2005.
The book of esther 6 powerful life lessons from the bible. This workbook was designed for bible class study, family study, or personal study. This free bible class book does not have to be used in connection with the fourfold gospel. Neither mordecai, esther, nor the feast of purim is mentioned elsewhere in scripture. The book of esther, which is the seventeenth book of the old testament and is after nehemiah in the bible, has ten chapt.
He taught the complete book, verse by verse, to his congregation there. Study the bible online using commentary on esther and more. You will no longer only be an echo of what you hear from others. The close of the last study in esther chapter 6 saw the events drawing to a dramatic conclusion.
Susa, where the story of the book of esther takes place, was the capital of. Esther helps you know and apply the encouraging and empowering truth of gods word. The author of esther patterned much of his material on the events of the joseph story see notes on 2. Esther is the last of the historical books of the bible, so its main character is named esther that is, venus, the morning star, which sheds its light after all the others stars have ceased to shine, and while the sun still delays to rise. There is no mention of god, no pious lesson, and raises no disturbing questions its. We can only imagine the thrills and challenges of adjusting. The story of esther turns on a series of seeming coincidences. P dear lord, please help me to be a epaprasto tell others about you and then leave. This caused some church fathers to question the book s inclusion in scripture. Constable, provide commentary on all 66 books of the bible and contain over 12,000 pages of material in pdf format. May 17, 2008 in the book of jonah, he used a storm to convince the fleeing prophet, jonah 1. I read recently that one wellknown english teacher tells his. Have you ever wondered if god is really involved in the circumstances of your life.
The book is set during the period after the babylonian exile in which the nation of persia present day iran ruled judah. It can be an independent study using only it and the bible pdf file size. Although some of them faced the fearful prospect of martyrdom, they didnt back down from their devotion to the living god. The book of esther in one sense is the most remarkable in the bible, and that is because the name of god is not mentioned in this book at all. Another biblical theme in the book of esther is divine providence follows people god that use to serve his purposes, jonah 1. Chances are you were taught very little or almost nothing about esther, the woman who is one of only two the other is ruth females who have a book of the bible named after them. This study guide on the book of esther was written by thomas klock of harvest. During world war ii she spent 21 months in a japanese concentration camp as a prisoner.
You can work through this bible study on your own or with your small group, and you can go through this in ten days, or over a tenweek or semester long schedule. The book of esther is the only book in the bible that does not mention the name of god. Esther bible study will give you a threepart look at the book of the bible that bears her name, and at its title character. Book of esther overview insight for living ministries. Study scripture verses with commentary, concordances, and use highlighting, underlining, take notes in the bible. Mordecai happens to learn of a plot to assassinate. The book was written no earlier than 470 bc and probably no later than 424 bc, during the reign of xerxes son artaxerxes. Herbert lockyer describes her as the woman who saved her nation from genocide. Bible study guide for esther, old testament david padfield. A comparison of basic islam to the bible extra resources audio messages these notes have been prepared by richard andres, former pastor of community bible fellowship quesnel british columbia, canada for thirtyfive years and present associate pastor at osoyoos baptist church, osoyoos british columbia, canada. Forwardsources summary of the old testament summary of the new testament keypoints of the old testament keypoints of the new testament old testament notes bookbybook.
He has strategically positioned you as part of his kingdom to bring salvation to your circle of influence. Click on a bible book below and the notes will open in a new page. Esther a2 classic bible study guide 2 introduction the book of esther is a graphic narrative, which relates how gods people were preserved from ruin during the fifth century b. But for those who know the larger story of the bible, gods hidden hand can be discerned in these events, working to protect and preserve israel. Daniel hill when he was the pastor of southwood bible church in tulsa, oklahoma. Esther is the only book in the bible not to mention the name of god. He has made his notes available to grace notes for development into course materials. I disagree with that, so dont submit that one to me. Hadassah, a jewess, is the main character of the book esther 2.
Study guide for esther 1 by david guzik blue letter bible. The jews lived under a death sentence that was sure to be carried out unless someone intervened. The genre of the book of esther is narrative history. Introduction to the book of esther during the seventy years the jews suffered their babylonian exile, god raised up several people to faithfully. The unfolding events throughout this esther bible study include conniving strategies, death threats and plot twists will leave you anxious to know what is going to happen next. This would place the story a few decades before the events in the book of. We intend to hold our regularly scheduled services on sunday, march 15, 2020, based on the governors latest statewide advisement, we believe to be a safe decision for our church. The bible is filled with accounts of men and women who trusted in god and took courageous stands to live for him. Esther note and ruth see resources are the only books of the bible. Fulfilling lifes mission introduction why read this book. An introduction to the book of esther an argument of the book of esther selected bibliography of the book of esther j.
Biblenotes the entire holy bible is summarized with easyto. There is not even a divine title or pronoun that refers to god. These notes are intended to help you to understand the bible better. The close of the last study in esther chapter 6 saw the. For many years brethren have used it in bible classes to study the gospels in chronological order. In 1934 annie became a missionary in china with oms. Yet, though this is true in one sense, there is more to it than that. He now spends most of his time upgrading these notes. Below is a collection of notes from generation word bible teaching ministry. The questions contain minimal human commentary, but instead urge students to study to understand scripture. Hadassah meant myrtle, and her persian name esther meant star. Scripture quotations are from the esv bible the holy bible, english standard version. Esther is one of only books named for women ruth is the other.
Weve created a 10day study guide for you, each day working through a chapter of the exciting story of esther. The purpose of this short study is to offer information regarding this fascinating part of scripture. Another very practical lesson to be gained from the book of esther is that the prosperity. The canonicity of the book was questioned by some in ancient judaism and early christianity. Feasting is another prominent theme in esther, as shown in the outline below. Thank you for joining us in our study of the book of esther. Constable taught at dallas theological seminary for 45 years, and served as the chairman of its bible exposition department for years.
Creative bible study methods introduces the bible as the written word of the one true god. Bible study notes bible teaching notes from generation word. By learning proper bible study methods you will become a voice through which god can speak his truths to a spiritually hungry world. In the book of esther god used mordecai an ungodly man to rebuke esther into obedience. Studying the book of esther is well worth your time. Actually, there are only two books in the bible named for women. With scripture memory, daily study, and group discussion questions, this resource is ideal for both individual and group study. Read esther commentary using wesleys explanatory notes. Since ezra returned to jerusalem in about 475 bc, the book probably spans a period of ten years hughes 2001. The book takes its name from the beautiful, orphaned jewess who became the queen of the persian king ahasuerus. A quote from my bible commentary that i wrote in my study guide.
Tom constables expository notes on esther this is also available in the net. The book is unusual in that in the original version no name, title, or pronoun for god appears. Gods word is not just for our information, it for our transformation. The dead sea scrolls contain fragments of each old testament book, with the exception of esther.1583 2 936 1079 464 1330 1564 1120 1220 104 1587 179 1612 1233 229 707 144 495 1115 849 731 1268 1525 475 1293 27 85 764 1182 588 322 695