Thursday, November 19, 2009
Xerxes and Esther Were Real
"The Jews have no history -- or what may be termed real history ...." -- Jonathan M. Roberts, scientist, 1894
Antisemites and other scientists tell us that the Bible is myth and not history.
Despite what scientists claim, the Biblical Xerxes was not a mythical ruler.
"O king, if opposite opinions are not uttered, it is impossible for someone to choose the better...." -- Artabanus in Herodotus, History Book VII, ~440-420 B.C.
"If an army must by all means be sent against these Greeks, hear me now: let the king [Xerxes] himself remain in the Persian land, and let us two [Mardonius and Artabanus] stake our children's lives upon it; you lead out the army, choosing whatever men you wish and taking as great an army as you desire. If the king's fortunes fare as you say, let my sons be slain, and myself with them; but if it turns out as I foretell, let your sons be so treated, and you likewise, if you return. But if you are unwilling to submit to this and will at all hazards lead your army overseas to Hellas, then I think that those left behind in this place will hear that Mardonius has done great harm to Persia, and has been torn apart by dogs and birds in the land of Athens or of Lacedaemon, if not even before that on the way there; and that you have learned what kind of men you persuade the king to attack." -- Artabanus in Herodotus, History Book VII, ~440-420 B.C.
"Xerxes answered angrily, 'Artabanus, you are my father's brother; that will save you from receiving the fitting reward of foolish words. But for your cowardly lack of spirit I lay upon you this disgrace, that you will not go with me and my army against Hellas, but will stay here with the women; I myself will accomplish all that I have said, with no help from you.'" -- Xerxes in Herodotus, History, Book VII, ~440-420 B.C.
"... this is Ahasuerus [Xerxes] who reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over a hundred and seven and twenty provinces--that in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan [Susa] the castle...." -- Esther 1:1-2
"... let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, that Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus [Xerxes], and that the king give her royal estate unto another [Esther] that is better than she." -- Esther 1:19