Queen in Persia who prevented an anti-Jewish pogrom.
Esther was a Jewish woman who lived in Persia. Ahasuerus the king had a quarrel with the queen and chose Esther to be his wife. A royal official named Haman wanted to destroy the Jews and planned a large scale persecution. Esther learned of the plot and agreed to intercede. She invited the king to a banquet and after securing his favor she pleaded with him to help the Jews. The Jews were given the right of self-defense, and when the persecution began they destroyed their enemies.
AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus