Taught by Marion Ann Taylor

A new study for today’s world, the Esther online course explains and illuminates each passage of the book of Esther in light of the Bible’s grand story. Scholar and author Marion Taylor offers clear and compelling exposition throughout.

Course Details

  • 11 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 5 hours of video

  • Intermediate

  • Esther

12 Month Access
$179.99 USD

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Course Description

The Esther online course features scholar and professor Marion Ann Taylor teaching through the book of Esther in engaging and challenging lessons. This course explains and illuminates each passage of the book in light of the Bible's overarching grand story. Taylor offers an engaging and probing introduction to the entire book of Esther, guiding students in creatively and faithfully living out its messages in today's context. Using a story-centric approach, this set of lessons is ideal for formal and informal students alike, and for everyone who wants to better understand the book of Esther today.

Overall, the Esther course views Scripture as God's Story, examining the book in its canonical and historical setting, in order to foster discernment in living God's Story faithfully and creatively with and for the church in the twenty-first century.

By completing this course, you’ll gain:

  • Greater familiarity with and appreciation for the oft-heard story of Esther
  • Insight into how to faithfully live out the message of Esther today
  • A deeper understanding of the historical world of the Old Testament and how that might affect today’s reading of the text
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Marion Ann Taylor

Ph.D., Yale

Marion Taylor is professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Esther

  • Esther 1:1–22

  • Esther 2:1–23

  • Esther 3:1–15

  • Esther 4:1–17

  • Esther 5:1–14


  • Esther 6:1–14

  • Esther 7:1–10

  • Esther 8:1–17

  • Esther 9:1–32

  • Esther 10:1–3



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