Day 178: the end of Esther

From today’s Bible Challenge blog. We have been reading the Book of Esther over the weekend; one which I find disturbing for many reasons. The coincidence of this reading with the tragic murders of Friday and the conversations that have happened in its aftermath was one I couldn’t in good conscience ignore. I do not claim to offer wisdom. I do offer my prayers.

Epiphany's Bible Challenge

Esther 9-10, Psalm 145, II Corinthians 4

On Friday, I wrote about the dangerous sexism embedded into the very foundations of the story of Esther. I was shocked, saddened and ashamed to read later that same day of the misogynistic and murderous rampage that occurred that evening in Isla Vista, California. Over the weekend, I read many tweets and commentaries about tweets containing the hashtag #YesAllWomen, detailing the casual, demeaning and dangerous sexism and misogyny that women continue to face. Yes, all women.

Last night, watching television, we saw a minutes-long portrayal of lechery and casual sexism by a group of male cooking contestants (why was this relevant to a cooking show? Ratings, one assumes.). My husband, dear sweet man, turned to me and said, “I apologize for the members of my sex.” Having assured him that I do not consider him personally to be a contributor to the problem, I…

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About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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