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Book Of Esther: Esther A Woman Of Bravery And Leadership

Esther is a significant figure in the Bible known for her bravery and leadership in the face of adversity. She is the protagonist of the Book of Esther, which is a story set in the Persian Empire during the reign of King Xerxes.

The Persian Empire, also known as the Achaemenid Empire, was a major world power in the Bible. It was located in what is now Iran, Iraq, parts of Central Asia and the Caucasus, parts of the Mediterranean and Black Sea coastal regions, Egypt, and parts of India. The empire's capital was in the city of Persepolis, located in what is now Iran. In the Bible, the Persian Empire is most famously mentioned in the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Jewish queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai, who saved the Jewish people from extermination by the empire's prime minister Haman. The empire is also mentioned in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which describe the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem, during the reign of Persian kings. Today, the Persian Empire no longer exists, it was conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. The territory that once belonged to the Persian Empire is now divided among several modern-day countries, with the largest part of it being Iran. The ancient city of Persepolis is located in Iran and is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is open to visitors.