at the Easel: Jewish Art and Jewish Artists in Central and Eastern European Modernism at the Turn of the Last Century
Esther was chosen by Ahasuerus
, the King of Persia, to be his queen after his previous queen, Vashti, refused to appear before him during a feast.
, the Former Stable-Master of Belshazzar, and the Wicked Alexander of Macedon: Two Parallels between the Babylonian Talmud and Persian Sources.
The biblicil book of Esther--the beautiful young Jewish woman who became the queen of king Ahasuerus
and risked her life to thwart a plot to exterminate the Jews--has held special significance for Persian Jews and played an important role in shaping their identity.
In the story neither Queen Esther nor old Mordecai nor King Ahasuerus
can get in the way of Haman's psychotic scheme.
asked his Queen who dared (filled his heart) threaten her life and the life of her people (Est.
But, unjustly, the Queen's concern for self-honor and her consequent rebuff of the King's perverse orders bring about her swift divorce, downfall, and disgrace as the humiliated Ahasuerus
enacts his revenge.
In the lecture, Gimpel who says his "dream would be to live with barely no worldly possessions on a hilltop next to Hebron" also compares President Barack Obama to Persian King Ahasuerus
(Achashveirosh), known from the Book of Esther, and expresses outrage at the "building freeze" Obama had been seeking in Jerusalem.
Another king (such as Ahasuerus
in the Book of Esther) might lead a coup.
It depicts a scene from the Book of Esther, when the young Esther prepares herself to meet King Ahasuerus
, ruler of Persia, who subsequently became her husband.
One may recall Queen Esther's being fearful of not finding favor with King Ahasuerus
, her own husband, as she approaches him on behalf of her people.
In careful analyses of the opening sonnet and sonnet eight, in which Esther's seduction of King Ahasuerus
inspires the poet's desire "to take my life so into my hand," Moore suggests that the prevalence of aural imagery in Rossetti's sequence reflected a view of the "field of vision" as an "arena of female objectification" (p.