Origin of the name ESTHER.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ESTHER.
ESTHER.Biblical. [Hebrew Ester, from
Zend Stara, Sanscrit Tara, Latin and Greek Aster = English (allied to all
these words) "Star"]. Usage:
France, Germany, Israel (אֶסְתֵּר).
proper name, derived from the Persian and meaning "a star,"
especially the planet Venus. It was applied to the beautiful
maiden whose Hebrew name was Hadhassah, i.e. "a myrtle."
Early left an orphan, she was brought up at Shushan or Susa, the old
Elamite capital, afterwards a Persian metropolis, by Mordecai, she being
his uncle's daughter. When the despotic monarch Ahasuerus, king or
emperor of Persia, acting by the advice of his sycophantic courtiers,
unjustly divorced his good queen Vashti, his evil advisers were afraid
that the monarch would repent of the step he had taken, and call them to
account for the part they had taken in the catastrophe. They
advised him to make choice of a fair maiden to succeed the divorced
queen, and after many had been introduced to him, Esther was preferred
to them all, and duly installed in the palace as the
queen-consort. It was not known at the time that she was a
Jewess. She came to the throne at a critical time. The royal
favourite was a certain Agagite, probably meaning an Amalekite, to whom
Mordecai declined to do obeisance. The dignitary, annoyed by this
disrespect, wished to revenge himself by the massacre, not simply of
Mordecai, but of all the large Jewish population scattered throughout
the empire. The emperor, promised a heavy bribe if he consented to
the crime, agreed to take the money and allow Haman's murderous project
to be carried out (Esther ii. 5-iii. 15). Mordecai urged Esther to
interfere for the protection of her race. She was afraid; but, on
very faithful language on the subject being addressed to her by her
guardian, she after fasting and prayer, risked her life by revealing to
the monarch who doted upon her that she was one of the hated race.
Mordecai, who had made known a plot against the monarch's life, for
which as yet he had not been rewarded, was soon afterwards exalted to
high honours, Haman hanged, and the Jews permitted to defend themselves,
and even to take the offensive against their foes. The time and
manner of Esther's death are unknown. The Book of Esther is
the last of the historical books of the Old Testament. In the
present Hebrew Bible it stands among the Hagiogrrapha, just after
Ecclesiastes, and immediately before Daniel. (The Sunday School
Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894)