How old was Esther?
When I read about Esther, I can’t help wondering how old she was. In particular, how old was she when she first became Queen? And what was the age gap between her and King Xerxes?
Now obviously it doesn’t matter, as the text doesn’t give us the answer. But I think there are a few clues we can get.
We can work out how old Xerxes was, from history books (like the Greek historian Herodotus) as well as the internal evidence in Esther.
So what is clear, is that Esther was married to a rich, middle aged man!
But based on Middle Eastern practises, I suspect Esther was a teenager when she married Xerxes (which would make sense of why she submits to Mordecai in 2:10 and 2:20). So just say she was 15, then she had to deal with Haman’s plot when she was about 20.
Esther is very courageous in Chapter 4. But when you think that she is probably very young, it’s even more amazing.