Esther - Bible study ideas
Activities for individuals or groups
Stage 1: Make up a list
List some films about the dangers of political or social corruption - for example 'Absolute Power' which explores the themes of corruption and power, a dangerous mix, or 'The Hunger Games', about political tyranny. If this is a group activity, choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
1. Have you chosen films that are realistic, showing the nitty-gritty of political life, or do you prefer films/series, like 'The West Wing' that are inspiring/uplifting?
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Movies about women with power
Answers HERE (see 'Esther') Can you think of others?
Paintings of Esther
Read the story at Bible People: Esther
Go to the link Esther: Paintings. Scroll through the paintings from first to last.
Which part of the story of Esther has been the most popular with artists?
Would this have been your choice?
Artists paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your reasoning.
If you have chosen something different, ask yourself why this other incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists. Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
Debate: ‘that benign despotism is an effective form of government’
What would be the qualities of an ideal queen?
What qualities do you hope to find in a husband/wife? Discuss this question with a learning partner, and list the five most important qualities.
What qualities do you think your future life partner would hope to find in you? How can you cultivate these qualities in yourself? List some practical strategies for being the person you want to be.
Write Esther's Biography
Esther lived the opulent life of an ancient queen. The Book of Esther gives her origins, her achievements, the powers and restrictions of being a queen, her emotions, and the way she handled a husband with many failings.
Write a short biography of Esther, or at least as much as you can given the information in the Book of Esther (see Bible Text: Esther for help with this).
Congratulations. You've written Esther's biography.
What to look for in a husband; compare this with Ahaseurus'way of choosing a wife
Fabulous gold jewelry from the ancient world
Esther's story in more detail
The Palace of Persepolis
Paintings of Esther at the court of the king, with the famous 'Fainting Paintings'