Book of Esther

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This relates how Esther, a Jewess, obtained a position of influence as the consort of Xerxes I, king of Persia (486–465 bc, here called ‘Ahasuerus’) and used it to save her fellow-countrymen when they were in danger of extermination. A popular romance, it was probably included in the canon of the OT because it described the institution of Purim.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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