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Time : c.460 B.C.
Esther is regarded as a historical book, written during the period
of the Captivity. It records the plot of Haman, the Prime Minister
to the Persian king, to exterminate the Jewish race. This plot is
foiled by Esther, the Queen of Persia, who was a Jew. This book
gives us the origin of the Feast of Purim.
Key verse :
"If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance
for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's
family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal
position for such a time as this?" (4:14).
Main people : Vashti, Esther, Mordecai, Haman, Ahasuerus