Second OSF post of the exploration study:
If you’ve read this story a million times before, it might be so familiar that nothing about it really seems surprising. See if you can read it as if you’re coming to the story for the first time (or maybe you really are!). What kinds of questions does this passage elicit? Ask ‘em all.
If you’re having trouble even knowing where to start, here are a couple:
Describe the dynamic between Esther and her cousin. How is it different from and/or similar to the one between the King and Vashti. Why do you suppose Mordecai encourages Esther to move in the direction that he does?
What do you think about this long-term spa treatment that Esther and the other women went through? Luxury or horror? What’s it leading up to?
Why do you suppose the king’s advisors suggested this plan in the first place?