Ruth & Esther 2023

Weekly Emails: Sent weekly during Epiphany “This Week in Ruth and Esther” will preview the upcoming readings to provide context and background. Written by the Rev. Elizabeth Felicetti, rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in North Chesterfield, Virginia. These emails are sent Tuesdays throughout the Good Book Club readings, beginning on January 3.

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FREE Live Online Bible Study

Examine the stories of Ruth and Esther in this live course with Bible scholar Lindsay Hardin Freeman. In this course, scholar Lindsay Hardin Freeman, author of Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter among numerous other books, takes participants on an in-depth examination of the Books of Ruth and Esther. (Exciting news: the Second Edition of Bible Women will be released in early 2023. You can preorder it now!)

The stories of Ruth and Esther have much to teach us about the Hebrew concept of chesed, which means sacred kindness, as well as the willingness to be in sacrificial relationship with loved ones and our communities. Lindsay will examine these themes and others in Wednesday-night sessions in Epiphany from 8-9 p.m. E.T. from Jan. 11-Feb. 15, 2022.

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Ruth 101: A free introduction to the Book of Ruth, including themes, notable excerpts, and more. View and download Ruth 101en Español

Esther 101: A free introduction to the Book of Esther, including themes, notable excerpts, and more. View and download Esther 101en Español

Ruth and Esther Bible Study: Explore the Books of Ruth and Esther with this free, downloadable Bible study. This six session study guide offers chapter summaries and related questions for group discussion or personal reflection.

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List of Readings for Ruth & Esther

Download a PDF of the full reading list for Ruth and Esther here.

El cronograma de lecturas, que va del 6 de enero al 21 de febrero.


Friday, January 6  EPIPHANY  Ruth 1:1-5

Saturday, January 7  Ruth 1:6-14

Sunday, January 8  Ruth 1:15-18

Monday, January 9  Ruth 1:19-22

Tuesday, January 10  Ruth 2:1-7

Wednesday, January 11  Ruth 2:8-13

Thursday, January 12  Ruth 2:14-16

Friday, January 13  Ruth 2:17-20

Saturday, January 14  Ruth 2:21-23

Sunday, January 15  Ruth 3:1-5

Monday, January 16  Ruth 3:6-9

Tuesday, January 17  Ruth 3:10-13

Wednesday, Jan. 18  CONFESSION OF PETER  Ruth 3:14-18

Thursday, January 19  Ruth 4:1-6

Friday, January 20  Ruth 4:7-10

Saturday, January 21  Ruth 4:11-12

Sunday, January 22  Ruth 4:13-18

Monday, January 23  Esther 1:1-12

Tuesday, January 24  Esther 1:13-21

Wednesday, January 25  CONVERSION OF PAUL  Esther 2:1-4

Thursday, January 26  Esther 2:5-11

Friday, January 27  Esther 2:12-14

Saturday, January 28  Esther 2:15-18

Sunday, January 29  Esther 2:19-23

Monday,  January 30  Esther 3:1-6

Tuesday,  January 31   Esther 3:7-11

Wednesday, February 1  Esther 3:12-15

Thursday, February 2  PRESENTATION  Esther 4:1-3

Friday, February 3  Esther 4:4-8

Saturday, February 4  Esther 4:9-17

Sunday, February 5  Esther 5:1-8

Monday, February 6  Esther 5:9-14

Tuesday, February 7  Esther 6:1-11

Wednesday, February 8  Esther 6:12—7:6

Thursday, February 9  Esther 7:7-10

Friday, February 10  Esther 8:1-2

Saturday, February 11  Esther 8:3-8

Sunday, February 12  Esther 8:9-14

Monday, February 13  Esther 8:15-17

Tuesday, February 14  Esther 9:1-10

Wednesday, February 15  Esther 9:11-15

Thursday, February 16  Esther 9:16-17

Friday, February 17  Esther 9:18-19

Saturday, February 18  Esther 9:20-23

Sunday, February 19  Esther 9:24-28

Monday, February 20  Esther 9:29-32

Tuesday, Feb. 21  SHROVE TUESDAY  Esther 10:1-3