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Esther: (a) (4th century BCE) First cousin of Mordecai, selected as King Ahasuerus's queen after Vashti's execution. At Mordecai's behest, she brought about Ahasuerus's annulment of Haman's decree calling for the extermination of the Jews. (b) A common Jewish name.
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Esther did not want to be taken to the palace. Not only was she an upright Jewish girl who abhorred the notion of marriage to a gentile vile king, she was actually already married!
Queen Esther petitioned the sages to have it included in Scripture. The Men of the Great Assembly then rewrote it.
I could see why Esther would need to do that. But why would Mordecai, a righteous, observant Jew, be named after a Babylonian deity?
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