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The Book of Esther

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

Esther's story is exciting, romantic and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this tale takes readers through the dramatic ups and downs of our heroine. It also provides an early example of the anti-Semitism that has threatened the Jewish People ever since. But is there actual history in this story? And why did many ancient Jews and Christians oppose its addition to the Biblical Canon?

Our course will travel through the text in English translation and also explore the world of Esther during the Persian Empire. We’ll sample some ancient alternative additions to the text and even take a look at Esther’s ‘movie midrash’: how Hollywood has interpreted the story over the decades.

This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Adobe Connect online distance learning. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online or anytime via recording.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, March 7
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$40 for the public
$35 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed B'nai Israel Jehon Grist
Feb 14 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed B'nai Israel Jehon Grist
Feb 21 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed B'nai Israel Jehon Grist
Mar 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed B'nai Israel Jehon Grist


Congregation B'nai Israel

1256 Nebraska St

Vallejo, CA 94590



Jehon Grist

Jehon GristJehon Grist, Ph.D., is a Senior Educator for Lehrhaus Judaica. He earned his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents' Fellow. He has conducted field research in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Valley of the Queens in southern Egypt.