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Esther ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; ), born Hadassah, is the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther.

According to the Hebrew Bible, Esther was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus is traditionally identified with Xerxes I during the time of the Achaemenid empire. Her story is the basis for the celebration of Purim in Jewish tradition.


Esther sections
Intro  In the Bible  Purim  Origin and meaning of the name Esther  Interpretations  Persian culture  Depictions of Esther  Canonicity in Christianity  See also  Notes  References  Sources  Further reading  External links  

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