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Esther (/ˈɛstər/; Hebrew: אֶסְתֵּר, Modern Ester, Tiberian ʼEstēr), born Hadassah, is the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther. According to the Hebrew Bible, Esther was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus is traditionally identified with Xerxes I during the time of the Achaemenid empire. Her story is the basis for the celebration of Purim in Jewish tradition.

Esther before Ahasuerus, Paolo Veronese

Esther before Ahasuerus, Peter Paul Rubens

Esther and Ahasuerus , Peter Paul Rubens

Esther Before The Persian King Ahasuerus, Sebastiano Ricci

Esther before Ahasuerus, Giovanni Andrea Sirani

Esther's Toilet in the Harem of Ahasuerus, Artus Wolffort

Healing Mirror altar: Esther before Ahasuerus, Konrad Witz

Esther, Francois-Leon Benouville

Esther falls in front of the king fainted, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Esther is presented to Ahasuerus, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Esther's banquet, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

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