1984 depiction of Esther by Jim Padgett.

The book of Esther tells the story of a young Jewish woman who marries the king (Ahasuerus), discovers a plot to kill all the Jews (with the help of her uncle Mordecai) and risks her life to thwart the plot.

Over the centuries Esther has been a popular name for Jewish girls.

In Hebrew, the name Esther is spelled אֶסְתֵּר

The Gemara in Megilla states she is one of seven women prophets, along with Sarah, Miriam, Chuldah, Devorah, Avigial and Chana.

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