Esther 2000

A Symposium and Cultural Event

A symposium on all aspects of the biblical Book of Esther. Sponsored by Creighton University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
April 2 and 3, 2000



Sunday, April 2

11:30 Registration (held at Skutt Student Center, Creighton
University campus)

11:45 Introductions

The Different Books of Esther
(12:00 - 2:30) held at Skutt Student Center

Nicolae Roddy, Creighton University, Presiding

12:00 Kristin De Troyer [Claremont Graduate School], "Esther in
Biblical Paradise: Status Quaestionis and a Case Study
Of Esther 2:21-23"

12:30 Leonard Greenspoon [Creighton University]. "From
Maidens and Chamberlains to Harems and Hot Tubs:
Five Hundred Years of Esther in English"

1:00 Scholars Round Table and general discussion

2:00 Reading the Megillah; Celebrating the Holiday of Purim
Rabbi Ira Flax and members of Omaha's Jewish

2:30 Break

Esther: Character and Characters
(2:45 - 5:30) held at Skutt Student Center

Ronald A. Simkins, Creighton University, Presiding

2:45 Timothy Laniak [Gordon-Conwell TheologicalSeminary].
"Mediating from the Margins"

3:15 Sidnie White Crawford [University of Nebraska-Lincoln].
"Esther and Judith: Contrasts in Character"

3:45 Michael Fox [University of Wisconsin-Madison], "The
Character of Esther: Three Views"

4:15 Scholars Round Table and general discussion

5:30 Session ends

Keynote Event

(6:30 - 8:30) held at Beth El Synagogue, 14506 California (north of
Dodge at 144th)

6:30 Buffet supper

7:30 Ted Bohr, SJ, Creighton University, Presiding

Ori Soltes [Georgetown University], "Illustrating the Book
of Esther: Why, When, Where?"

Monday, April 3

Esther in Tradition and Folklore
(10:00 - 12:00 ) held at Nebraska Union on the campus of University of
Nebraska, Lincoln

Stephen Burnett, UNL, Presiding

10:00 Barry Walfish [University of Toronto], "Kosher Adultery? The Mordecai-Esther-Ahasuerus Triangle in Midrash and Exegesis"

10:30 Judith Neulander [Indiana University]. "The Ecumenical
Esther: Queen and Saint in Three Western Religions"

11:00 Scholars Round Table and general discussion

12: 00 Lunch (in Wick Alumni Center)

Esther: Reading the Book, Writing a Commentary
(1:00 - 5:00 ) held at Nebraska Union

John Turner, UNL, Presiding

1:00 Elizabeth Groves [Philadelphia, PA], "Esther: A Recitation"

1:45 Break

2:00 Carey Moore [Gettysburg College], "'It Takes a Village' also
To Produce a Commentary: A Case in Point"

2:30 Adele Berlin [University of Maryland]. "Writing a
Commentary for a Jewish Audience"

3:0 0 David Clines [Sheffield University], "Esther and the Future
of the Commentary"

3:30 Break

3:45 Scholars Round Table and general discussion

5:00 Session ends

Keynote Event

(7:30 - 8:30) held at Morrill Hall on the campus of the University of
Nebraska at Lincoln

7:30 Jean Cahan, UNL, presiding

Jon Levenson [Harvard Divinity School], "Commenting on
Esther as an Ecumenical Problem"