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What is the Christian story of Purim about?

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Purim is a story of a secretly Jewish queen who saved her people from being exterminated by an adviser to the king. The Jewish story of Purim, written in the book of Esther, predates Christianity. Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating Jewish survival during their exile in Persia.

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Esther was a gorgeous young Jewish woman who lived in Persia with her cousin Mordecai, who served as her father figure.

Esther was brought to the palace of King Ahasuerus of Persia and became part of his harem. Esther was warned by her cousin Mordecai not let anyone know she was Jewish. King Ahasuerus fell in love with Esther and made her his queen.

Haman, the king's self-centered top official, hated Mordecai and became angry with him because he refused to bow before him. Haman then accused the Jewish people of disloyalty and told the king that the Jewish people would not bow to him. The king allowed Haman to choose the punishment. Mordecai learned that Haman planned to exterminate all the Jewish people and to hang Mordecai.

Mordecai convinced Esther to plead with the king on behalf of the Jewish people. Esther convinced the king to not kill the Jewish people. Haman and his sons were hung in their place.

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