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First Servant of Esther
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Esther
Esther (אֶסְתֵּר‎, ester). A Jewish woman named Hadassah (Esth 2:7) who became Queen Esther to Persian king Ahasuerus and risked her life to save her people.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Esther (Person)
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
Esther
Esther esʹər [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
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Esther (Person)
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 Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Esther
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
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Esther
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
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Esther
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
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Esther
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
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Esther
ES´THER (esʹter). The Jewish maiden chosen by Ahasuerus to be queen. Esther was the new, and probably Persian, name given on her introduction to the royal harem. Her proper Heb. name was Hadassah, “Myrtle” (which see). As to the signification of Esther, it is “Ishtar,” the name of the great Babylonian
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Esther
Estherthe queen of Ahasuerus, and heroine of the book that bears her name. She was a Jewess named Hadas’sah (the myrtle), but when she entered the royal harem she received the name by which she henceforth became known (Esther 2:7). It is a Syro-Arabian modification of the Persian word satarah, which
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Esther
ESTHER [ESS ter] (star) — the Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes). Esther saved her people, the Jews, from a plot to eliminate them. A daughter of Abihail (Esth. 2:15; 9:29) and a cousin of Mordecai (Esth. 2:7, 15), Esther was raised by Mordecai as his own daughter after her mother and
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ESTHER
ESTHER<es’-ter> ([אֶסְתֵּר‎, ’ecter], akin to the Zend tstara, the Sanskrit stri, the Greek [ἀστήρ, aster], “a star,” [ Ἐσθήρ, Esther]): Esther was a Jewish orphan, who became the queen of Xerxes, in some respects the greatest of the Persian kings. She was brought up at Susa by her cousin Mordecai,
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