Greek Additions to Esther

The Greek version of Esther follows the basic structure of the Hebrew version (see Esther), but it includes several additions that give the book a more explicitly religious character. (The Hebrew version of Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned.) The most significant addition is an account of a dream that came to Mordecai, a Jew living in Persia. In the dream Mordecai saw two dragons that foreshadowed conflict. Later, Mordecai came to understand that one of the dragons was Haman, a high-ranking minister of the king, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people. The other dragon was Mordecai himself, who was instrumental in saving the Jews with the help of his adopted daughter Esther, who had become the king's wife.


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