Insights and Issues from the Books of Ruth and Esther for Today

Designation: DMIN 8273

We will read the books of Ruth and Esther together with a cloud of witnesses from the past and present who found them not only life giving but also, especially in the case of Esther, deeply troubling. We will examine techniques and strategies used for reading these and other Old Testament narratives through history. We will explore the contexts of Ruth and Esther within both the ancient world and Scripture. We will examine their contents making use of a variety of traditional and innovative interpretive techniques and strategies (including reading within the context of the Ancient Near East, theological exegesis, disaster and trauma studies, and narrative criticism). We will consider how these books speak to us as individuals and as the church in the twenty-first century. The class will include lectures, class presentations, and small break-out group-discussions.

Recommended Prior Study

  • None


Dr. Marion Taylor
Professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College:

Available Online

Course Information
Current Schedule - One-Week Intensive - Spring Term 2021 Designation Instructor

The course will be delivered remotely at synchronous and asyncronous times. The course will be taught synchronously from 10:30am-Noon and 2:30-4pm AST Tuesday to Saturat. Students are expected to use the other hours of the day to prepare for the class,

Tues. May 25-Sat. May 29, 2021

DMIN 8273 X5 Dr. Marion Taylor