The only wife of Xerxes known to the Greeks was Amestris, the daughter of Otanes, one of the seven conspirators (Herod., 7:61). Some scholars think he wanted to her to come naked, wearing only her crown and nothing else. Given that only virgins were selected as candidates to become the kings wife, we may suppose that Esther had not yet reached marriageable age. So is Esther a historical document or a reworked pagan myth? He is referred to in Ezra 4:4-7. Esther's courage and trust in the Lord saved her people from being destroyed by their enemies. As Ahasuerus enjoyed only 14 more years on the throne, we conclude that Esther was but 28 years old when the couple met their deaths. This chapter records the royal banquets of the Persian It begins when King Ahasuerus ( Xerxes ), the son of Darius I (Ezra 4:24; 5:57; 6:115; Daniel 6:1, 25; Haggai 1:15; 2:10) made a feast for all the officials of Persia and Media and displayed the glory of his rule for 180 days (Esther 1:1-4). The two were cousins, and Xerxess family was a wealthy man, so Esther was forced to stay in a dungeon. But was the story of Esther and Xerxes a love story ? There was a briefly mentioned incident where Uncle Mordechai learned of two men plotting to kill Xerxes. Queen of Persia and wife of Assuerus, who is identified with Xerxes (485-465 B.C. He provided her with food, cosmetics, and 1. Xerxes wore a beautiful robe that his wife, Amestris, had woven for him. The author of the book is unknown and modern scholars have established that the final stage of the Hebrew text would have been formed by the second century BCE. He desired to look for a new queen. Queen Vashti dethroned. 1. Very few Bible scholars believe now in the historicity of the book of Esther but, surprisingly, their conclusion is based only on the following prejudice: this story looks like a fairy tale, consequently, it is a fairy tale! 2. Her story is recorded in the Old Testament book that bears her name. So he [the king] set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti ( Esther 2:17 ). Xerxes wife, Amestris, wove and gave to him a great gaily-colored mantle, marvellous to see. In chapter 1 he gives a great banquet for his nobles and, after several days of eating and drinking, orders that Queen Vashti appear at the banquet so the men there might see her great beauty. Answer (1 of 5): In the book of Esther, Haman attempted to have Esther killed, but the plot failed. There was a briefly mentioned incident where Uncle Mordechai learned of two men plotting to kill Xerxes.

This monograph is based on the article: Dating the Reigns of Xerxes and Artaxerxes, published in: Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Series Archaeologica 40, 2018, pp. Queen Vashti dethroned. Answer (1 of 8): Yes; for all intents and purposes, Xerxes I, Emperor of Persia, the Levant, Asia Minor, Greece, and Pharaoh of Egypt, who reigned from 486465 B.C., is the same person as the Ahasuerus spoken of in the book of Esther. King Xerxes had to send out a decree that women were not to follow her example.

He commissioned both Ezra and Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem and is spoken of in the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Did Esther marry Xerxes? Phaedymia Daughter of Otanes, widow of Cambyses II and Gaumata. Queen Esther of the Bible became queen to King Ahasuerus of Persia. Two theories exist regarding the identity of this Persian king. The Septuagint (LXX) and Josephus claim this king was Artaxerxes II. He reigned in Persia from 404 - 359 B.C. Most scholars, however, agree that this king represents Xerxes I. His Persian name was Khshayarsha . They are listed, at least as it seems, in chronological dating order. The story of Esther in the Bible is a romantic one: an orphaned girl marries a king and becomes the queen of a vast nation. A group of beautiful young virgins from the city of Susa was selected (verse 3). Vashti refuses to attend, so the king deposes her. Mordechai told Esther to keep her nationality hidden, even from her new husband. A lust for powerrooted in narcissismswallows Haman whole. Xerxes wife, Amestris, was not an important part of the Persian Empire. With their thirst for control and exploitation, Haman and Xerxes provide a stark contrast to the bold and holy leadership of Queen Esther. Esther 2 describes King Xerxes (or Ahasuerus) search for a new queen of Persia. As time went on, however, the truth came to light, and in such manner as I will show.

King Xerxes of Persia was the worlds most powerful monarch who ruled the Persian Empire around 486 B.C., which is where he appears on the Biblical Timeline with World History. Xerxes I/Wife Amestris (Greek: , Amstris, perhaps the same as , Amstris, from Old Persian Amstr-, strong woman; died c. 424 BC) was a Persian queen, the wife of Xerxes I of Persia, mother of Achaemenid King of Kings Artaxerxes I of Persia. Ahasuerus is given as the name of a king, the husband of Esther, in the Book of Esther. He is said to have ruled from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces that is, over the Achaemenid Empire. Who is Esther in the Bible and what did she do? So, the king appointed officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to the city of Shushan. According to the Bible, she was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. Haman, the kings right-hand man, hated the Jewish people. Lessons from Vashti (Esther 1:10-22) [The message I delivered on Esther 1:10-22 at Church of Mary Magdalene on May 17, 2017. Esther 1 is the first chapter of the Book of Esther in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The Ahasuerus of Esther (ch. Soon after Esther was crowned, an upheaval in the kingdom began. The massacre had been plotted by the king's chief minister, Haman, and the date decided by casting lots (purim). The Book of Esther says that Vashti was the wife of King Xerxes when he first became king of Persia, followed three years later by Queen Esther. Instead, he had an affair with Artaynte, Masistes daughter. He is traditionally considered to be the Persian King Ahasuerus referred to in the Biblical story of Esther. Artaxerxes, also known as Artaxerxes I Longimanus, was the King of Persia from 465 BC to 424 BC. One factor that compensates to some extent for this state of our information regarding Xerxes' reign is the number of excellent full- Very few Bible scholars believe now in the historicity of the book of According to the Bible, she was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. His reign of Persia began in 486 BC and he was followed by Artaxerxes I. The Stories We are Told. Amestris: Wife of Xerxes Herodotus. The Hebrew Achashwerosh is a much closer transliteration of the Persian Khshayrsh or the Babylonian from Achshiyarshu than is the Greek Xerxes. 2 All the kings leaders at the kings gate would bow down and give honor to Haman. 3 After these things happened, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite. Neither of these portraits appears anywhere in the book of Esther, however. Esther the Jewish Queen of Persia , Ester Tiberian Estr, born Hadassah, is the heroine of the Biblical Scroll of Esther. Mordecai and Esther live in Susa during the reign of Xerxes. The sages assert in tractate Megilla that Mordechai married Esther first, and thus King Ahaseurus, "who wished to taste the taste of a virgin, actually tasted the taste of a Hamans Plan to Destroy the Jews. Esther, the beautiful Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus and her cousin Mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire. A young Jewish woman, Esther, outshined all the rest. Their relatives, like thousands of Jews, had been taken captive by an invading army and exiled there in decades past. He took Esther from his harem and made her queen in Vashti's stead. When did King Xerxes marry Esther? We are going to spend the next six weeks with the book of Esther, though Esther has not appeared yet. 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.

3. That he loved her is noted, but why is not. 9:108). The Palace of Xerxes where Esther lived is on darker mound in There, she was forced to prepare herself for her first night with the King by spending six months doused in oil of myrrh and another six in sweet odors ointments. 1:1; etc.) Score: 4.2/5 (64 votes) . The spelling and pronunciation of his name have been badly misinterpreted and mistranslated by Mordechai told Esther to keep her nationality hidden, even from her new husband. Esther was not only beautiful but had a good character. and the eunuch Aspamitres. The Hebrew Achashwerosh is a much closer transliteration of the Persian Khshayrsh or the Babylonian from Achshiyarshu than is the Greek Xerxes. The Battle The massacre had been plotted by the king's chief minister, Haman, and the date decided by casting lots.8. Her ultimate fate is unknown and unrecorded by other sources. When I hear about these schisms, my mind goes to the story of Esther and Vashti. [17] Given that only virgins were selected as candidates to become the kings wife, we may suppose that Esther had not yet reached marriageable age. He did this to avoid civil unrest that could have resulted from massive domestic abuse and chaos within the empire. The 5 th century BCE Greek historian, Herodotus, refers to Xerxes wife Amestris in three contexts: In his detailed account of Xerxes invasion force against Greece, the Persian contingent of the army was commanded by Otanes, who was the father of Xerxes wife Amestris (VII:61). I am so excited to be doing this sermon series on Esther! Ahasuerus' grand vizier, Haman, is offended by Esther's cousin and guardian, Mordecai, Well, we are told that Ahasuerus married her in the seventh year of his reign (Esther 2:16), and we know that Xerxes I reigned for 21 years. During this time the enemies of Israel hired counselors to bring false accusations to the ears of the different Persian kings. India to Ethiopia. From Quiz: Delving into Esther . Contrary to how the western world has operated for centuries, the correct pronunciation of Xerxess name is not Zerkseez.. The other king who some historians believe to be the Ahasuerus of the book of Esther is the Persian king Xerxes. 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. In it, Esther (Asturya), the daughter of Mordecai, marries Xerxes (called Ahasuerus), in order to foil a plot by the wicked Haman who seeks to organize a pogrom against the Jews. The Stories We are Told. One day, from the royal throne in Persia's capital city of Susa, King Xerses has to choose a new Queen. According to the Book of Esther, Xerxes divorced his wife, Vashti, because she refused to appear when summoned. The story of Esther is found in the Bible in the book that bears her name. Esther gained favor with Hegai, the man in charge of these women (verse 8). Vashti was married to King Xerxes, who threw a huge party, got drunk, and then commanded his wife to appear wearing her crown so he could show her off. According to Esther 1, Queen Vashti was the wife of King Xerxes and therefore queen of Persia in about 480BC.

Esther reported it to the King and gave credit to Mordecai. The year as we know it is 479 BC, King Xerxes of Persia holds a magnificent banquet for his princes, nobles and servants. Esther is a true and a very interesting story! Parmys daughter of real Smerdis. I never learned in Sunday School that Esther, whose Jewish name was Hadassah, was forced, along with perhaps thousands of virgin girls from Susa, into King Xerxes harem. Heres the evidence as we see it. Neither of these portraits appears anywhere in the book of Esther, however. The story of Esther is found in the Bible in the book that bears her name. Who was Xerxes married to? The Bible is silent on this topic and its in this silence which Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia by Diana Wallis Taylor lives. Bible Question: Did King Ahasuerus sleep with all of the virgins before he chose which one to marry? She was the redeemer of Israel.

Among this group was Esther, a Jewess who kept her ethnic background hidden (verse 8). As the story unfolds, so do the contrasts between good and evil, between righteous and corrupt leadership. Shortly after this, one of King Xerxes ministers, Haman, was elected to Prime Minister. Death of Xerxes Xerxes was slain in his bed at Persepolis in August 465 BCE. The massacre had been plotted by the king's chief minister, Haman, and the date decided by casting lots (purim). In popular Jewish imagination, Ahasuerus is an illegitimate usurper king, and his royal wife, Vashti, is a grotesque Jew-hating villain, who gets what she deserves. Esther. Xerxes probably took her to wife as soon as he was of marriageable age, and before he ascended the throne had a son by her, who in his seventh year was grown up (ibid. Many times there are obvious lessons that we learn from the character of Esther, but we cannot forget the woman who paved the way for at the age of 35 he is already married to Vashti and a father. The story of Esther has traditionally enjoyed historical status. When did King Xerxes marry Esther? A young Hebrew woman named Esther was chosen to enter the kings harem and then elevated to the status of chief wife (Est 2:17). Yet equally depraved is King Xerxes! is generally identified with the king whom the Greeks called Xerxes. Chapter 1 of the book of Esther is the historical linchpin of the entire narrative. Who was Xerxes wife? ), Esther was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, daughter of Abihail, and bore before her accession to the throne the name of Edissa No chronological investigation and historical research have been carried out though chronology is the backbone of history and that it is impossible to write During a week-long feast in his palace in Susa (and while he was affected by alcohol), Xerxes commanded Vashti to come and display her beauty ( Esther 1:11) before all of his guests for she was lovely to look at. Although Esther had little control over her life, God would do great works in and through her life. 1:1; etc.) Shortly after this, one of King Xerxes ministers, Haman, was elected to Prime Minister. The chapter then says All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king (Esther 2:23 NIV). THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM: The book of Esther purports to describe how a young Jewish girl named Esther was chosen by the Persian king Xerxes I to be queen after he had divorced Vashti. Or that the king had banished his first wife, Queen Vashti, for refusing to publicly flaunt her body before his drunken friends. God's divine favor located her. Atossa Daughter of Cyrus the Great, widow/sister of Cambyses, widow of Gaumata. No one knew Esther was Jewish. King Xerxes married Esther when he was 41 years old. They married in 478 BC after the former queen, Vashti, was banished for being unable to fulfill Is it bad luck to get married on a Sunday? Getting married on Sunday is a sure sign of a fortunate union. Friday is a bad day on which to get married. Esther is the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther.In the Achaemenid Empire, the Persian king Ahasuerus seeks a new wife after his queen, Vashti, is deposed for disobeying him.Hadassah, a Jewess who goes by the name of Esther, is chosen to fulfill this role due to her beauty. An orphan raised by her uncle, young Esther was taken against her will as a beautiful virgin to Persian King Ahasuerus's harem. Esther Denouncing Haman to King Ahasuerus, Ernest Normand, 1888, wife of his brother, Masistes, but failed to woo her. 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.The massacre had been plotted by the king's chief minister, Haman, and the date decided by casting lots (purim). He was the son of the former Persian king Darius I . The Ahasuerus of Esther (ch. King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) plays a prominent role in the book of Esther.

The citadel of Susa, as it appeared in 1935. It begins when King Ahasuerus ( Xerxes ), the son of Darius I (Ezra 4:24; 5:57; 6:115; Daniel 6:1, 25; Haggai 1:15; 2:10) made a feast for all the officials of Persia and Media and displayed the glory of his rule for 180 days (Esther 1:1-4). Click here for a livestream video of the message .] Theres a similar story in Herodotus Book 9.109-113, where the Persian king Xerxes makes a promise to his wife Amestris. According to the biblical Book of Esther, Esther was a Hebrew woman from Persia who became the queen of Persian king Ahasuerus, generally identified as Xerxes I, the fifth king of kings of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. Bible Answer: The book of Esther records that after Queen Vashti refused the command of King Ahasuerus (King Xerxes) to appear before a group of people, the king became very angry and his wrath burned within him (Esther 1:10-12). When King Xerxes begins to miss his wife Vashti, whom he banished for refusing to appear before him at a drunken party, he consults with his advisors who suggest that he start over with Well, we are told that Ahasuerus married her in the seventh year of his reign (Esther 2:16), and we know that Xerxes I reigned for 21 years. There, she was forced to prepare herself for her first night with the King by spending six months doused in oil of myrrh and another six in sweet odors ointments. The massacre had been plotted by the king's chief minister, Haman, and the date decided by casting lots.8.

1. Esther was the most humble person and the Jewish wife of King Xerxes I. The fact that each woman spent the night with the king implies sexual relations. Esther took her turn after 12 months of preparation, and she was chosen as queen: She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. Vashti was the wife of King Xerxes I (Ahasuerus in the Biblical text), and she may have been associated with Persian nobility (though the wives of Persian kings were required to come from specific Persian noble families, this was not always the case). Answer: Persia. The Persian king Xerxes was the last ruler to rule Israel. Esther the Jewish Queen of Persia , Ester Tiberian Estr, born Hadassah, is the heroine of the Biblical Scroll of Esther. Facts About Xerxes I. After three days of prayer, Esther stripped off her mourning garments and put on her queenly garments, and, making herself bright and calling on the all-holy and saving God, she took with her two maidservants: one she leaned on somewhat from her comfort, and the Mordechai altered the proper people, and the traitors were hanged. She was liked by 3. All we have is the notice that the king loved Esther more than all the other women ( Esth 2:17 ). GENDER RELATIONS : Esther, Wife of Xerxes: by: Massoume Price Last Updated: October, 2009 Page 1 of 1 : Biblical and Historical Accounts Esther and the Feast of Purim. She agrees to the marriage and is the most powerful woman in the kingdom. 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. First Things First. This story sets the background for the rise of an extremely beautiful woman named Esther and her godly cousin Mordecai. Chapters 1 and 2 form the exposition of the book. 2. Mordechai altered the proper people, and the traitors were hanged. Xerxes wife, Amestris, wove and gave to him a great gaily-colored mantle, marvellous to see. As time went on, however, the truth came to light, and in such manner as I will show. Theres a similar story in Herodotus Book 9.109-113, where the Persian king Xerxes makes a promise to his wife Amestris. On one of those occasions, he heard a conspiracy to assassinate King Xerxes and told Esther about it. The king promoted Haman and gave him a place of honor more important than any of the other leaders. versally lost interest in Xerxes after his forces were defeated at Plataea and Mykale in 479; thus they provide little information bearing upon the events described in Esther that are dated later in his reign. Esther, or Hadassah in Hebrew, was a Jewish slave living in exile. Artystone younger daughter of Cyrus the Great. 6 reasons why Esther became a Queen. When Xerxes becomes king in 486 B.C. Answer: When king Xerxes (Ahasuerus) of Persia dismissed his wife Queen Vashti. Xerxes fate is more certain-he was murdered by the commander of the Immortals, Artabanus. Answer (1 of 10): I could not find a definite age, but according to the tradition and scripture calling her a young woman or girl, I would guess an age between 1315 when Esther was chosen for the Kings Harem , plus 12Years for the beauty treatment and waiting time for An orphan raised by her uncle, young Esther was taken against her will as a beautiful virgin to Persian King Ahasuerus's harem. Amestris or Amastris: wife of the Persian king Xerxes, mother of king Artaxerxes I. Esther, the beautiful Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus and her cousin Mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire. is generally identified with the king whom the Greeks called Xerxes. In popular Jewish imagination, Ahasuerus is an illegitimate usurper king, and his royal wife, Vashti, is a grotesque Jew-hating villain, who gets what she deserves. Moreover, he had many children, and he also married a Jew, Amestris. 4.