When we think of bad girls of the Bible, the usual culprits such as Jezebel and Rahab come to mind. But Esther isn’t usually on the short list. Yet Esther blended so well with the culture around her that no one could tell she was one of God’s people. Still, Esther goes on to became a great heroine, proving that God can accomplish great things through anyone with the courage to follow him. Explore God’s grace through Esther’s story in this five-week study.

Espresso with Esther and all the Coffee Cup Bible Study books contain Monday-through-Friday Bible study questions, along with devotional thoughts for lighter reading on the weekends. Designed for group or individual use.

A probing look into the characters, history, setting, and present-day applications of the book of Esther will leave readers with a renewed love for the real hero of the story, God.

David & Renée Sanford, authors, How to Read Your Bible

The Esther study is wonderful: so pithy and relevant and short enough to keep everyone’s attention.

Marla Apupoaicei, author of Your Intercultural Marriage

Sandra Glahn’s thoughtful study of Esther takes us into the heady realms of world power to view the ancient world (and our own world) thru the lens of God’s sovereignty—truly a reassuring message, given the uncertainties of today’s international scene, as well as an affirming reminder of God’s practice of using flawed people to accomplish His purposes in every age.

Carolyn Custis James, author of When Life and Beliefs Collide and Lost Women of the Bible

We have a big God, and He can use you to accomplish his purposes, regardless of your past. With expert historical and biblical scholarship, Sandra Glahn reveals the unspoken message of Esther. If you want to be spiritually encouraged and challenged, grab a study from the Coffee Cup Series when you sit down with your cup of joe. You are in for a treat!

Kelley Mathews, ThM, coauthor New Doors in Ministry to Women

Sandra Glahn’s study, Espresso with Esther, adeptly uses probing questions and pertinent historical and cultural insights to draw out timeless truths from the book of Esther and guide you to an understanding of how these truths apply to life today. In the accompanying devotionals, Glahn skillfully weaves biblical examples with modern day experience to make the lessons of Esther come alive! Great for any group or individual seeking deeper understanding of God’s control and timing!

Katy Anderson, ThM, Coordinator-Ministry to Women Bent Tree Bible Fellowship

Notes

  • Bible.org has wonderful textual notes on Esther
  • Dr. Tom Constable, a professor at Dallas Seminary, has compiled extensive notes on the Book of Esther. He makes his notes available online for free. You can access the .pdf file by following this link: Constable notes

Visual Art

  • For online searches of biblical art, follow this link: Biblical art
  • Additional art: Artist Rhonda Oglesby has compiled this list of “Esther art” info:
  • Andrea del Castagno, “Queen Esther,” From the Cycle of Famous Men and Women. c. 1450. Detached fresco. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.
  • “Banquet,” Antoon Claeissens, 1574
  • “Banquet of Ahasuerus,” Jacopo del Sellaio, c.1490
  • “The Toilet of Esther,” Theodore Chasseriau, 1841
  • Claude Vignon “Esther before Ahasuerus,” 1624
  • Aert de Gelder, “The Jewish Bride,” 1684
  • Aert de Gelder, “Esther & Mordochai,” 1685
  • Bernardo Cavallino, “Esther & Ahaseurus,” 1645-1650
  • Frans Francken II, “Feast of Esther,”  ?
  • Pieter Pietersz Lastman, “Triumph of Mordecai,” 1645
  • Jan Victors, “Banquet of Esther,”  1640s
  • Jan Victors, “Esther & Haman,”  1638-1640
  • Antoine Coypel, “The Swooning of Esther,”  1704
  • Filippino Lippi. Three Scenes from the Story of Esther: Mardochus Laments; Esther Faints Before Assuerus; Aman Implores Her Grace in Vain. Tempera on panel. Louvre, Paris, France, 1475
  • Tintoretto, “Esther before Ahasuerus,” 1547-1548

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Food:

  • Link to a Hamantashen recipe: A traditional treat offered at Purim, Hamantashen or “Haman pockets” are three-cornered filled pastries.  They’re also called “Haman’s Hat.”

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