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Do you think that Queen Vashti was killed or simply divorced?

Ahasuerus had two feasts prepared to show the world his power and riches; the first feast was for his nobles and princes that lasted for 180 days the second feast was for the people, both great and small, that was celebrated for seven days.

During these feasts, Ahasuerus ordered Vashti to come to the feast wearing her royal crown; and apparently only her crown; this is believed because appalled by this order, Vashti refused the order. I can see with in the mind of Vashti a scene where her husband, his princes, servants, nobles, and each prince from every providence was in attendance of these feasts drunken with wine that had been served in abundance.
Although the Bible states that Vashti’s queen ship was simply taken from her, generally, the Jews believe that she was put to death; however people outside of the Jewish realm believe that her husband simply divorced her.

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Asked by 35yoamom at 10:05 PM on Aug. 3, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • in that time divorcing her would be like death, i'm sure it's all in how you interpret the texts. like shakespear i suppose.

    Answer by angevil53 at 10:12 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • She was no longer allowed to be in the King's presence.
    Esther 1
    15"According to law, what is to be done with Queen Vashti, because she did not obey the command of King Ahasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?"16In the presence of the king and the princes, Memucan said, "Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also all the princes and all the peoples who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. 17"For the queen's conduct will become known to all the women causing them to look with contempt on their husbands by saying, 'King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in to his presence, but she did not come.'18"This day the ladies of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen's conduct will speak in the same way to all the king's princes, and there will be plenty of contempt and anger. cont.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 10:55 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • 19"If it pleases the king, let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she. 20"When the king's edict which he will make is heard throughout all his kingdom, great as it is, then all women will give honor to their husbands, great and small."

    It never says she was killed but it does say she was banished from the presence of the King.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 10:57 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • I have to go with Shane on this one. There is never a mention of her death, and there are very few records which mention her at all beyond that... She was "banished" which would have been similar to divorce - although not quite the same. She would have most likely been quite the pariah at that point - an outcast if you will... But there is never a mention of her death, so we would have to assume that it was not something which was ordered...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:18 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • Yeah I'm actually agreeing with shane. There was never mention of her death.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 12:24 AM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • King Ahasuerus sounds like a JERK


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:57 AM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • So she could have actually stayed at the castle just was unable to ever be around the king anymore huh?

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 12:20 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • The Bible says that she came no more before the King and her royal estate be given to another that is better than she. So simply, she was not seen any longer before the King. It never says she was killed. I don't necessarily think King Ahasuerus divorced her either. Most likely she was one of many wives of this pagan king and she was just put away into the harem of other woman that he had. Notice this verse: Esther 1:9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
    So I believe she was probably sent back to the royal house full of King Ahasuerus's women, never to be brought before him again.

    Answer by missionarywifey at 5:31 PM on Aug. 5, 2010

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