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Esther

king persian testament

Esther, book of the Old Testament. It tells of Esther (also called Hadassah), a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus, who prevented the king's favorite, Haman, from massacring Persian Jews. The story is the origin of the feast of Purim.

See also: Bible; Old Testament.

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