A: The Book of Esther says that Esther married Xerxes, who was king of Persia from 486 to 465 BCE, thus becoming queen of Persia. The book says that the first wife of Xerxes, Queen Vashti, was banished in the third year of his reign and that Esther was selected as queen soon afterwards.

Scholars that the Book of Esther is fictional and that there never was a Queen Esther of Persia. There is no historical record of either Vashti or Esther, and Queen Amestris is accepted by historians as Xerxes’ only wife for the first several years of his reign. From a historical perspective, Esther was never really queen of Persia.

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