Background, Maps, Tidbits
BACKGROUND TO ESTHER
WHO: King Xerxes/Ahasuerus, Queen Vashti, Mordecai, Esther, Haman
WHAT: Story of courage and deliverance of the Jews and the preservation of the Messianic line
Creation Abraham Moses Judges United Divided Exile Restoration Time of Christ Kingdom Kingdom ____|__________|________|_________|________|_____________|_________|__________|_______________|______ | | Esther
WHERE: The city of Susa, capital of the Persian Kingdom (see maps below)
WHY: To show the meaning of the feast of Purim each year
As it appears today
Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But, do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.
The first world Empire was in Iraq. Daniel 1:1-2 & 2:36-38
The events of the book of Esther took place in Iraq.
No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq.