Summary: Esther was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Xerxes, who thwarted a genocide
of her people. Her story, found in the Hebrew Bible (Esther), is the basis for the
Jewish festival of Purim. The story of Esther was used by Yeshua to expose the hypocrisy
of his disciples who considered women unworthy to receive of basic rights traditionally
afforded only to men (Yeshua 11).
But there arose among the disciples a great contention, for some thought it unseemly
that women should minister unto the Lord to touch him, or that they should sit at
his feet to learn the law.
For it was thought in all Israel that it was an evil thing that any woman should
learn either the law or the prophets, since by woman came the fall of man.
And if it so be that any woman should take to herself a knowledge of these things,
then would many think her a witch, being filled with mischief, and they would stone
her and drive her from the city to perish.