5:104: What Is the Main Theme of the Book of Esther?

Co-hosts Katie & Cameron speak with Kathryn Schifferdecker, asking, "What Is the Main Theme of the Book of Esther?"

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Welcome back to season five of Enter the Bible, a podcast in which we share “Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bible…but were afraid to ask.”

In episode 5 of season 5, Professor and Elva B. Lovell Chair of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, Kathryn Schifferdecker, joins guest co-host Cameron Howard and re-occurring host, Katie Langston. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wis., before coming to Luther.

Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to Working Preacher, Word & World, and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

Today our theologians will be answering the question, “What Is the Main Theme of the Book of Esther?”

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Ruth
  • Esther
  • Song of Songs

Topics, themes and figures mention

  • Prayer
  • Thanksgiving
  • Voilence
  • Persia
  • Beauty Contest
  • Haman
  • Mordecai
  • Discipleship
  • Christological Identity
  • Synagogue
  • Anti-Semiticism
  • Passover
  • Eugene Peterson

Works Mentioned

  • Septuagint/LXX
  • The Message: Bible Translation by Eugene Peterson

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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Cameron B.R. Howard

Cameron B. R. Howard, associate professor of Old Testament, joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July 2012. She previously held visiting appointments at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta and the School of Theology at Sewanee, the University of the South. Howard holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Candler School of Theology and a Master of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010. Among her publications are Faithful Innovation: How the Old Testament Points to New Life for the Church and The Old Testament for A Complex World: How the Bible's Dynamic Testimony Points to New Life for the Church. Committed to making academic biblical scholarship accessible and relevant to clergy and laypeople, Howard has written over two dozen essays for WorkingPreacher.org and is a contributor to BibleOdyssey.org. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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