The Jewish people were in exile and had been for years. Mordecai was a Jewish man who lived as an exile in ancient Persia. He raised his cousin, a young girl named Hadassah, as his own daughter because she was an orphan. Hadassah would eventually come to be known as Esther, Queen of Persia. It is said that the book of Esther was not accepted into the Jewish canon of Scripture because the name of God was not found in its contents. Interestingly, she seems to have been called by God for an important task: to help the Jewish people defend themselves from hateful Haman. His hatred of the Jews drove him to assign a day to annihilate the Jews. Haman was a high official of the Persian ranks who was invited along with the king, to a special banquet hosted by Queen Esther.
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