Esther, es-TAYR, אֶסְתֵּר
Esther (Wikipedia)
This article is about the heroine of the Book of Esther. For the book of Esther, see Book of Esther. For other uses, see Esther (disambiguation).
Queen of Persia
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Queen of Persia
Reign c. 479 BCE - 465 BCE
Predecessor Vashti
Born Hadassah
c. 520 BCE
Achaemenid Empire
Died c. 450 BCE
Burial Hamadan, Iran
Spouse King Xerxes I of Persia
House Persia
Father Abihail (biological), Mordecai (adoptive)
Religion Judaism

Esther (/ˈɛstər/; Hebrew: אֶסְתֵּר, Modern Ester, Tiberian ʼEstēr), 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, although Flavius Josephus wrote that Esther's king husband was Xerxes' son Artaxerxes. Her story is the basis for the celebration of Purim in Jewish tradition.

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