In the book of esther, the head eunuch, heigai, is the guard over king achashveiroshs house of women or harem. Jun 18, 2019 the book of esther is one of only two books in the bible named for women. He is a eunuch placed in charge of ahasueruss harem. Shaashgaz served as guardians of the wives and concubines of persian king ahasuerus, who is thought to be xerxes i. That is the task of womanhood, and you must master it while you are still a girl. Esther finds favor 14 she would go there in the evening, and in the morning she would return to a second harem under the care of shaashgaz, the kings eunuch in charge of the concubines. Esther 2, new international version niv the bible app. Mordecai told him the eunuch shuttling messages between mordecai and esther all that had happened to him, and the exact amount of money that haman had promised to pay to the kings treasuries for the destruction of the jews. Mordecai appeals to esther 4 when esthers maidens and eunuchs came and told her about mordecai, the queen was overcome with distress. Hence we may conclude that the book was written probably about b. Esther 2 new american bible revised edition nabre chapter 2. Now when the time came for esther to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what hegai, the kings eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. Vashti, the queen, who refuses to parade around in front of the kings male guests, sometimes gets a shoutout for being a strong woman in a mans world.
And this is in our continuing series on 12 unlikely. She would not return to the king unless he delighted in her and summoned her by name. Esther 2 commentary commentary critical and explanatory. Five things about esther that nobody talks about jews. Instead, we often pit good versus evil mordecai versus haman and treat.
And hathach is a eunuch who carries messages between esther and mordecai, helping them figure out what to do about hamans genocide plot. In the book of matthew, jesus advises men who can to emasculate themselves. Now esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. The hebrew word that the kjv translates as eunuch is saris. In the book of esther, saris is repeatedly used in reference to offi cials in. Each book obviously worked toward the same ending and had many of the same characters. Eunuchs have vital and honored roles in other stories, as well. Esther 2 niv bible later when king xerxes fury had. Five things about esther that nobody talks about jews for jesus. Her hebrew name was hadassah, that is, myrtle, which, on her introduction into the royal harem, was changed to esther, that is, the star venus. The book of esther begins with the queen of king ahasuerusvashtisnubbing the kings request to meet with her. The bibles queen esther has had a recent surge in popularity, even outside of purim.
The time has come for grace to be returned to the eunuch, to be allowed to enter the temple of god and be no longer considered unclean. Then there is the eunuch in charge of the royal harem. This shows that in this time period it was common for the women of the household to be attended by castrated males see esther 4. The book of esther was read at the feast of purim to commemorate the great deliverance of the jewish nation brought about by god through esther. The book of esther comes to life in this vivid novel based on the old testament tale. People love a jewish peasant girl rising to the rank of queen and eventually saving her entire people. Esther is delivered to him along with the other beautiful young virgins rounded up for the king. The general opinion of almost all commentators on the holy scriptures makes mardochai the writer of it. In the story of esther, youll meet a beautiful, young queen who risked her life to serve god and save her people. He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict which had been issued in susa for their destruction, that he might. The most popular traditions are mordecai a major character in the book of esther, ezra and nehemiah who would have been familiar with persian customs. Esther can represent us, the followers and disciples of our beloved lord jesus, who desperately need all the help we can get in this troublesome life. In at least one of these films, the events of the book of esther are depicted as taking place upon xerxes return from greece. Sep 30, 20 vashti, the queen, who refuses to parade around in front of the kings male guests, sometimes gets a shoutout for being a strong woman in a mans world.
The book of esther is one of only two books in the bible named for women. In chapter 2 of the book of esther, we are introduced to a jew named. The book of esther depicts other citizens living in this section as well. Esther 110 nkjv the king dethrones queen vashti now. It must have been obviously written after the death of ahasuerus the xerxes of the greeks, which took place b. The janissary tree by jason goodwin, cry to heaven by anne rice, the persian boy by mary renault, the queens iron by audrie rai. He says, there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by othersand there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Xerxes is portrayed by richard egan in the 1960 film esther and the king and by joel smallbone in the 20 film, the book of esther. Xerxes of course and vishta the deposed queen so called by name in two of the books along with various eunuchs and servants, mordecai who raised esther and. The minute and particular account also given of many historical details makes it probable that the writer was contemporary with mordecai and esther. Esther, chapter 1 united states conference of catholic bishops.
Hegai is mentioned a couple times in the book of esther as the kings eunuch, who was in charge of the women esther 2. She had the good fortune at once to gain the good will of the chief eunuch esther 2. He was the son and successor of darius the great r. According to verse 9, esther pleases the eunuch hegai and gains or takes nasa kindess hesed. Here are some weird things you didnt know about queen esther. New heart english bible then esther called for hathach, one of the kings eunuchs, whom he had appointed to attend her, and commanded him to go to mordecai, to find out what this was, and why it was. Bigthana and teresh were close enough to ahasuerus to threaten his life esther 6. Esther 110 new king james version nkjv the king dethrones queen vashti. He is an ethiopian eunuch, court official of candace, queen of the ethiopians. Actually there are a dozen eunuchs in the book of esther each with a delicious name that fills the mouth. The jewish community, and its areas of residence, outside erez israel.
The terms occur most often, eleven times, in the book of esther esther 1. Queen esther wife of the persian king ahasuerus had one of these men assigned to serve her personal needs. Royal beauty by angela hunt, esther the queen by h b. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from another place, but you and your fathers family will perish. Bagathan and tersh were two eunuchs in service of the persian king ahasuerus, according to the book of esther. After the babylonian king xerxes removed queen vashti from her royal position, the king called for select young women. You want to open your bible, if you will, to the book of esther. The fall and rise of joseph, daniel, and estherpart 2. In the original texts of the bible a eunuch is termed saris hebrew, old testament. Scripture does reference a few people who became a eunuch. However, that is based on the context the men are in charge of the kings harem. Despite being the namesake of the book, esthers role is frequently disregarded. Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king.
Esther questions and answers all chapters new king james. Esther was the daughter of abihail, the uncle of mordecai who had adopted her as his own daughter. So esther called for hathach, one of the kings eunuchs who had been placed at her service, and instructed him to find out the cause and reason for mordecais behavior. Esther 2 commentary commentary critical and explanatory on. He is a eunuch placed in charge of ahasueruss harem so it came to pass, when the kings commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto shushan the palace, to the custody of hegai, that esther was brought also unto the kings house, to the custody of hegai, keeper of the women. Instead, we often pit good versus evil mordecai versus haman and treat esther like the cute jewish cheerleader on the sidelines.
They are listed, at least as it seems, in chronological dating order. It seems that esther didnt really have a choice about this. The book of esther without getting into a whole megillah. Her sweet and amiable appearance made her a favorite with all who looked upon her esther 2. The book of esther records the institution of the feast of purim and the obligation of its perpetual observation. After the babylonian king xerxes removed queen vashti from her royal position, the king called for select young women to be brought into his harem, under the care of hegai. The book of esther does not specifically name its author. Esther summoned hathach, one of the kings eunuchs assigned to her, and dispatched him to mordecai to learn what he was doing and why. She may have hidden her jewish background for her hebrew name was hadassah. May, 2019 esther was one of the women taken into the kings harem, and hegai is a key player in her story. When her turn came to go to the king, she did not ask for anything except what hegai, the kings eunuch, keeper of the women, suggested.
Well, i am greatly challenged, on some occasions, in all honesty, as you well know, to get through one verse. Esther was the persian name meaning star after the goddess ishtar. Mordecai sent this message, but it was actually delivered by hathach, a eunuch in esthers. Hathach was esther s personal servant and the lifeline between her and her cousin mordecai esther 4. Hathach was esthers personal servant and the lifeline between her and her cousin mordecai esther 4. Dec, 2015 in the book of esther, the head eunuch, heigai, is the guard over king achashveiroshs house of women or harem. International standard version then esther summoned hathach, one of the kings eunuchs, whom he had assigned to her, and she ordered him to go to mordecai to find out what was happening and why it was happening. Now he needs to pick a new queen and eventually manages to select esthera comely, young secretly jewish woman who is a part of his harem. The esv translates this word as eunuch and eunuchs in the book of daniel. Eunuchs may also be charged to carry out the sentence if the defendant is found guilty. Eunuchinclusive estherqueer theology 101 peterson toscanos.
Esther gained favor in the eyes of everyone who saw her. The other king who some historians believe to be the ahasuerus of the book of esther is the persian king xerxes. Hegai, who was in charge of the harem, helped esther gain the attention of king ahasuerus. Esther found grace, and favour, and god blessed the jewish nation when she submitted to an eunuch. She sent clothes for mordecai to wear instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. As a supposed descendant of the destroyer nebuchadnezzar ii of the first temple. And this morning i made it through a whole chapter, and tonight well take a whole book. Shaashgaz was another eunuch of king xerxes who was in charge of the concubines esther 2.
Eunuchinclusive estherqueer theology 101 peterson toscano. The book of esther was likely written between 460 and 350 b. Consequently, castrated males lose their sexual drive and cannot procreate. Ironically, despite being the namesake of the book, esthers a. Let them be placed under the care of hegai, the kings eunuch, who is. I doubt seriously that many would answer correctly if asked who said it to her. Esther had to hide her true jewish identity, so too many gays throughout history. Esther is able to curry favor with him so that she rises to the top. In the biblical book of esther, vashti is the wife of king ahasuerus, the ruler of persia. Such men were commonly used to guard a kings harem in ancient times see the book of esther. And thats basically all there is to say about them.
Esther was written for the jewish people, to display the providence of god, in relation to the feast of purim. This book takes its name from queen esther, whose history is here recorded. Purim and the book of esther the american spectator. Esther 2, english standard version 2016 esv the bible app. Peterson toscano eunuchinclusive estherqueer theology 101. Mordecai, ezra, or nehemiah are the most common traditional possibilities.
In the book of esther, hegai the kings eunuch can symbolize the guidance of the holy spirit, who prepares us to meet with our king, our lord jesus, in his second coming. The book of esther this book takes its name from queen esther, whose history is here recorded. The word eunuch is only mentioned, by name, seven times in the kjv bible. Michael fox notes that this idiom, found only in esther, holds a suggestion of activeness in gaining rather than, as the usual idiom has it, finding masa kindness. The eunuch hegai says to her, early on in the story, you will have to learn to appear fierce and submissive at the same time. When this word appears in the book of esther, it is translated by nearly all english versions as eunuch. The heroine of the book named for her, esther is a young jewish woman living in exile in the persian lit.67 415 682 1362 549 864 744 318 1445 896 527 625 982 21 488 1461 876 853 1514 560 246 1411 696 1158 289 1148 719 57 622 391 813 822 723 1212 87 1441 1056 716 606 61 346 721 230 1042 1189