The Book of Esther is one of the Megillot, five scrolls read on stated Jewish religious holidays. ... Esther, the beautiful Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), and her cousin Mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire.
Mordecai informs Esther about the decree to slaughter the Jews; however, at first, she is nervous about intervening on behalf of her people, the Jews. The Persian law said that no one could appear before the king without his having invited him or her, the punishment for such an act could have been the death... Continue Reading →
Some four years later, Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, a descendant of the Amalekite king Agag, is promoted to the highest-ranking official in the kingdom. With his promotion comes the order that all the servants bow before Him. This would also include Mordecai, who refused, because of his being a Jew. Why would... Continue Reading →
After the fiasco with Queen Vashti, King Ahasuerus appoints attendants to seek out the most beautiful virgins in all the 127 provinces of the Persian Empire and bring them to the city of Shushan. Thereafter, they were to be prepared with beauty treatments, so that they could be presented before the king. Of the many... Continue Reading →
Chapter 1 of the book of Esther begins in the third year of the reign of King Ahasuerus (AKA, Xerxes I), the son of Darius the Great. He is having his servants prepare an enormous banquet for the officials of his empire. Ahasuerus is putting on display the riches and glory of his kingdom for... Continue Reading →