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Who Was King Xerxes?

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We have implicit and explicit information about Xerxes from the book of Esther, but the extra-biblical archives aid our understanding about this man and how God used him. Herodotus (490-425 BC) was one such historian who included Xerxes in his writings. Xerxes served as a king of Persia during the Achaemenid dynasty. Born about 519 BC, Xerxes reigned in Persia from 486-465 BC He died in Persepolis in 465. Xerxes succeeded his father, Darius I, as king. As Britannica says, for a time he ruled the “mightiest power in the ancient world.” King Xerxes was around thirty-five years old when he began his reign and had ruled the satrap of Babylonia for over ten years. Xerxes’ notoriety as a leader stems from his vast… (READ MORE)

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