Agagite


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Agagite

(ā`gəgīt), in the Bible, a not necessarily ethnical term used of Haman because of his hatred of the Jews.
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The Book of Esther tells of how Xerxes I saved Jews from a plot hatched by Haman the Agagite, which is marked on this very day; again, during the time of Cyrus the Great, an Iranian king saved the Jews -- this time from captivity in Babylon; and during the Second World War, when Jews were being slaughtered in Europe, Iran gladly took them in.
They are culturally assimilated (Mordecai --Marduk, Esther = Ishtar) and have little connection to Israel (except that Hainan is an Agagite, a bloodthirsty descendant of evil Amalek, and Mordecai is a Benjaminite, like King Saul, in whose presence Samuel hacked Agag, king of the Amalekites, to pieces (1 Sam.
In the Esther story, Haman is an Agagite or Amalekite, one of the ancient enemies of the Jewish people since the time of Moses a millennium before.
Because Haman the son of Hamdata, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them;
But no, says the Megillah, for Haman is first introduced as "son of Hammedatha the Agagite.
Arendt maintains that Hausner's attempts to present Eichmann as a monstrous offspring of the ancient antisemitic dynasty of Pharaoh in Egypt and Haman the Agagite were not only pathetic but also judicially flawed:
Earlier, in 8:3, 4, the author records the following: "Esther spoke to the king again, falling at his feet and weeping, and beseeching him to avert the evil plotted by Haman the Agagite against the Jews.