Orphaned at a young age, and living a quiet life with a cousin, life was already unkind to her. But you know what they say – things can always get worse! When a mad king makes a terrifying proclamation, she finds herself dragged away from the last of her family, brought to a strange place with thousands of strange women, purified, cleansed, and offered up on a silver platter to that very same king. Still, even as bad as things are, she has the smallest glimmer of hope, and it’s found in the form of an unexpected crown.
Who is she? Esther, the blood thirsty Queen of Persia. Tune in for more!
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Favorite Sources + Recommended Reading
- Esther 1-3
- Jeremiah 24
Outside refers to “outside of Scripture” and does not necessarily advise of any Christian/non-Christian bias in the source.
- For the quotes about Persian women, and a truly fascinating and detailed summary of women in ancient Persia, see this article:
- For the most Biblically accurate movie I’ve seen to date (though still not really driving home the rape aspect of things):
- For the cute Veggie Tales rendition of her tale:
- There’s also this Hollywood take on her story, and is the favorite of a lot of my friends, but the inaccuracies make me FRUSTRATED. I’ve watched it a handful of times, and always end up raging at the screen.
- There are also a gazillion fictional books written about her – no specifics to recommend, but they’re all fun reads. Just google “Esther” or “Hadassah” and you’ll have a lengthy list.