HADASSAH (PERSON) [Heb hădassâ (הֲדַסָּה)]. The name given to Esther when she is first introduced by the narrator of the book of Esther (2:7). He tells us that Mordecai, a Jew resident in Susa, was “raising Hadassah, that is Esther, his (i.e., Mordecai’s) niece.” The most natural understanding of this
Esther (Person). One of two names borne by the Jewish queen of Persia. Hadassah (Hebrew “Myrtle”) apparently was her Jewish name (Est 2:7) and Esther (Persian “Star”) her name as queen of Persia. Some scholars speculate a connection with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, since exiled Jews were occasionally
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Estheresʹər [Heb. ʾestēr; akin to the Sanskrit stṛi, Gk. asté̄r—‘a star’; Gk. Esthēr]. According to the book of Esther, Esther was a Jewish orphan who became the queen of Ahasuerus (Xerxes) the Persian king. She was brought up at Susa by her cousin Mordecai, who seems to have held a position among
Hadassahhə-dasʹə [Heb. haḏassâ] (Est. 2:7). The Hebrew name formerly borne by Esther. If derived from Akk. ḫadaššatu, “bride,” it would be one of the goddess Ishtar’s titles that had been conferred on Esther (2:7). Otherwise it would be the Hebrew-Aramaic name of an evergreen shrub bearing white
ESTHER (Person) One of two names borne by the Jewish queen of Persia. Hadassah (Hebrew “Myrtle”) apparently was her Jewish name (Est 2:7), and Esther (Persian “Star”) her name as queen of Persia. Some scholars speculate about a connection with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, since exiled Jews were occasionally
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hadassah (huh-das´uh; Heb., “myrtle”), another name for Esther (Esther 2:7), probably her given Hebrew name. “Esther” is a Babylonian or Persian name meaning either “Ishtar” (a goddess) or “star,” which may have been the name given her in the royal court (see 2:8–9) or a name adopted in conformity with
ESTHER. A Jewish exile who lived in Persia during the reign of Ahasuerus (Xerxes, 486–465 b.c.). The name Esther was from Persian stara, “star,” or from Ishtar, a Babylonian goddess. Her Heb. name was Hadassah, “myrtle,” Esther was an orphan and was raised by her cousin Mordecai. Her beauty was the reason
HADASSAH. The earlier name of Esther, who became queen and the wife of Ahasuerus or Xerxes I (Est 2:7). In Heb. the name means “myrtle”. Possibly it could be a title given to her, derived from Akkad. håaddasûsûatu, “bride”; it was so used for Ishtar. SeeEsther.
ESTHER. According to Est. 2:7, Esther’s Jewish name was Hadassah (Myrtle). The name Esther may be the equivalent of the Persian stara (‘star’), though some find a link with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar.Esther married Ahasuerus (Xerxes, 486–465 bc). Herodotus and Ctesias say that the wife of Xerxes
Hadassah (Aram. hăḏāssâ)The original Hebrew name for Esther (Esth. 2:7; Heb. “myrtle”). The earlier suggestion that it is a Babylonian title given her (from an epithet of the goddess Ishtar; Akk. Dadaššatu, “bride”) has been discounted.
Esther (Heb. ˒estēr; Pers. “star” or “maiden”). The main character in the book of Esther; her Hebrew name was Hadassah, which means “myrtle” (Esth. 2:7). Brought up as an orphan by her cousin Mordecai, Esther lived in Susa, the former capital of Elam, which had been conquered by Persia. She was
Es´ther (a star), the Persian name of Hadassah (myrtle), daughter of Abihail, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. Esther was a beautiful Jewish maiden. She was an orphan, and had been brought up by her cousin Mordecai, who had an office in the household of Ahasuerus king of Persia—supposed