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Carol Bechtel

Carol Bechtel

The Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel is Professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan where she has taught since 1994. Dr. Bechtel preaches and teaches widely and is a General Synod Professor of Theology in the Reformed Church in America. She served as President of the RCA’s General Synod and moderator of its General Synod Council. She also serves as the Executive Director of the American Waldensian Society. Her publications include a commentary on Esther for the Interpretation series, and several Bible study books and curricula. She now lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, Tom Mullens. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include singing, cooking, gardening, and the Celtic harp.
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The Power of the Written Word

Read: Esther 9-10 [These days were] turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days

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The Battle Is Not Done

Read: Esther 8 For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?

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Esther Argues Her Case

Read: Esther 7 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for

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No Rest for the Wicked

Read: Esther 6:4-14 Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at

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Sleepless in Susa

Read: Esther 5:6:1-3 On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the

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Haman Gets Indigestion

Read: Esther 5:9-14 Yet all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate. (v. 14) Some people are just

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Dinner for Three

Read: Esther 5:1-8 And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.” (v. 4)

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God Save the Queen

Read: Esther 4 And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (v. 14) News of the death edict seems to have

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Haman’s Way with Words

Read: Esther 3:7-15 “If it please the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who

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