Esther becomes the Queen of Persia

The beautiful Jewish girl from the tribe of Benjamin that saved her people, the people of Israel. Esther became the wife of King Ahasuerus of Persia, also known as Xerxes or Achashverosh, the son of Darius I Hystaspes about the year 478BC.

Esther is the Persian name for Hadassah who was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai’s uncle.(Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Hadassah.)

Hadassah in Hebrew means: Myrtle and her Persian name Esther means: The planet Venus.

Today the event is celebrated by the feast of Purim.

Background Reading:

The Banquets of the King

The Wealth of King Ahasuerus

1:1 This is a record of what happened during the reign of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Cush. 2 At that time King Ahasuerus was ruling from Susa the capital. 3 In the third year of his reign, he gave a banquet for all his officials and ministers, and the military leaders of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the provincial officials were present. 4 He displayed the enormous wealth of his kingdom, along with its splendid beauty and greatness for many days—for 180 days in all.

The Banquet of King Ahasuerus

5 When those days were over, the king held a seven-day banquet in the courtyard of the garden of his palace for all the people who were present in Susa the capital, from the greatest to the least important. 6 There were curtains of white and blue linen tied with cords of fine linen and purple material to silver rings on marble columns. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other precious stones. 7 Drinks were served in gold vessels of various kinds, and there was plenty of royal wine because the king was generous. 8 According to the king’s decree the drinking was not compulsory because the king instructed every steward in his house to serve each individual what he desired. 9 Queen Vashti also held a banquet in the royal palace of King Ahasuerus for the women.
Esther 1:1-9
To read the Complete story of Esther, look up the book of Esther in the Bible.

More Information:

  • Ahasuerus all so known as Xerxes or Achashverosh 486BC-464BC.
  • Vashti deposed 483BC.
  • Esther becomes Queen 478BC.
  • Feast of Purim 473BC.

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