Group Work on Esther and Exodus
Note: If you were not in class for this group exercise, please
complete it as a written exercise and turn it in as soon as you can.
- After dividing into small groups, let each group discuss the
following and prepare a summary of their discussion:
- 1. Compare and contrast some of the ways in women protect
others and assert themselves in the two books. What does your
group think of this?
- 2. In the books of Exodus and Esther, not everyone is who they
pretend to be or are recognized to be. Please give an example of this
from each book. Explain why the pretense is encouraged or allowed, and
what purpose it serves.
3. Apparently, Esther passes as a non-Jew. What are some of the risks,
advantages and disadvantages of passing?
4. What is the difference between passing and assimilation? How could
either lead to self-deception and/or problems with identity?
- 5. What is the relationship between political rulers and their
advisors in the books of Esther and Exodus? How are they similar? How
are they different? Who were the best advisors? Did the political
leaders heed their advice? What do you think of this?
6. Who or what is the proximate cause of rescue from powers unleashed
by political rulers in the books of Exodus and Esther? Who are what is
presented as the ultimate cause? How is the ultimate cause described in
each story? What does your group think of any differences between
these in the two stories?
- Michael Kagan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Moyne College
Philosophies of Judaism
February 10, 2008
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