Enriching our study of God’s Word
Welcome to the Esther Bible Study. Thanks for your willingness to jump into this book on your own as we walk through it together at the gathering over the next 7 weeks. Throughout the study we’ll explore a handful of different tools which are helpful for Bible study regardless of your knowledge or previous experience.
This may differ from other Bible studies you have done, because you will have a great deal of freedom. Freedom to decide which tools work best for you. Freedom to choose to follow along on your own or grab a friend or two to meet regularly to discuss what you are learning. At the end of 7 weeks you’ll have a better understanding of Esther, plus you’ll have sharpened skills to study Scripture for yourself.
We’ve compiled several simple tools to aid in your study. These are easy enough for anyone to use, but are beneficial to all. Each week there will be a suggested course of study for the week. You may choose to follow that plan, use alternate tools from the guide, or other practices you’ve found helpful in your study of Scripture.
Esther differs from many other books of the Bible in that it is a narrative. In the same way studying for math is different than english, studying this book will be different than studying a New Testament letter or a poetic Psalm. One of the benefits of this particular book is that it will require us to really wrestle with God’s big plan and sovereignty. We must learn from the Bible and its beautiful diversity, rather than apply our own preferences or preconceptions to Scripture.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list.
For help, check out study Bible notes (MacArthur Study Bible, ESV Study Bible (available for free in the iTunes App), CSB Study Bible). Usually, there is a background section prior to each book in a study Bible that contains notes about the original audience and context in which the author wrote. You can also find notes about the original meaning sprinkled throughout the study Bible notes that correspond with the text.
If you’re someone who remembers everything you write down (i.e. – info for a test at school), then, this may be a fruitful method for you.
This is a great free tool with videos on every book of the Bible plus other related topics. They’re continuously adding new videos.
How to Read the Bible (4 videos specifically on biblical narrative)
Week of May 20 | Esther 1:1-8
Suggested plan of study:
Day 1 | Read the entire book of Esther.
Day 2 | Read this article on how to study historical narrative. Then read Esther 1:1-8. Answer #1 of 7 Arrows for Bible Reading and begin answering #2 of 7 Arrows.
Day 3 | Read Esther 1:1-8, finish answering #2, and answer #3 & #4 of 7 Arrows.
Day 4 | Read the entire book of Esther.
Day 5 | Read the entire book of Esther.
Week of May 27 | Esther 1:9-22
Day 1 | Read Esther 1:9-22 three times and begin paraphrasing the passage (see #5 under “Tools for Bible Study” for suggestions).
Day 2 | Read Esther 1:9-22 and finish paraphrasing the passage.
Day 3 | Read the entire book of Esther.
Day 4 | Read the entire book of Esther.
Day 5 | Read the entire book of Esther (try a different translation).
Week of June 3 | Esther 2
Day 1 | Read Esther 2 and begin copying (see #6 under “Tools for Bible Study”) or
paraphrasing the text.
Day 2 | Read Esther 2 and finish copying or paraphrasing the text.
Day 3 | Read Esther 2 and answer #3 & #4 of 7 Arrows.
Week of June 10 | Esther 3
Day 1 | Read Esther 3 and begin answering the 7 Arrows.
Day 2 | Read Esther 3 and finish answering the 7 Arrows.
Day 4 | Read or listen to the entire book of Esther.
Week of June 17 | Esther 4-5
Day 1 | Read Esther 4-5 and copy or summarize the text.
Day 2 | Read the entire book of Esther.
Day 3 | Read Esther 4-5 and answer questions #3 & #4 of 7 Arrows.
Week of June 24 | Esther 6-7
Day 1 | Read or listen to the entire book of Esther.
Day 2 | Read Esther 6-7 two or three times.
Day 3 | Paraphrase Esther 6-7.
Week of July 1 | Esther 8-10
Day 1 | Read Esther 8-10.
Day 5 | Answer Don Whitney’s application questions (#8 under “Tools for Bible Study”) with the entire book of Esther in mind.
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