Podcast: Ronna Burger on Reading Esther as a Philosopher

A scholar of philosophy joins us to take a close look at the book of Esther, and the lessons it has to teach about human success and divine providence.

The 1628 painting “Esther before Ahasuerus” by the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images via Getty Images.

The 1628 painting “Esther before Ahasuerus” by the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images via Getty Images.

Observation
March 11 2022
About the authors

Ronna Burger is the Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman chair in the department of philosophy and Sizeler professor of Jewish studies at Tulane University. She has also taught in the Maimonides Scholars program of the Tikvah Fund.

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