The Book of Esther. The Purim Feast, Son of Esther
March 1, 2015
The Purim Fest has been established in Medo-Persian Imperium when the First Holocaust of All the Jewish nation could be in time prevented.
- Did Esther and Ahasveros have a son?
Jewish History is concidering this:
Will the Real Cyrus Stand Up?
His announcement leads to one of the first great historical questions in Jewish history. Which Cyrus are we talking about?
In the Persian line of kings we find names like Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, Artaxerxes and Ahasuerus. However, they were not personal names, but titles much like King, Kaiser, Caesar and Pharaoh. Therefore, many historians think that there were at least three or four Cyruses. We know that there were three Dariuses and three Xerxes. Which one are we dealing with?
To further complicate the matter, there is a Jewish tradition says that Queen Esther gave birth to a son from King Ahasuerus and that his name was Cyrus. Technically, according to Jewish law, he was Jewish. Was he the one who succeeded to the throne of Persia and granted permission to the Jews to return to their land and rebuild the Temple? That would make a lot of sense.
However, there are other opinions in Jewish tradition that say there was another Cyrus beforehand who originally granted the Jews permission. Only later, after difficulties prevented the first Jewish settlers from effectively building the Temple (as we will discuss below), did Esther’s son take the throne and allow them to start rebuilding.