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MORDECAI

Foster father of Esther, the Jewish heroine of the biblical story, who defended her people against the machinations of Haman, an intimate advisor of King Ahasuerus. The latter had given Haman authority to destroy all the Jews in the kingdom, beginning with Mordecai, for whom Haman had a particular hatred. But the resourceful Esther worked on the king so eloquently that Haman was hanged. Mordecai was given his post, and the Jews were saved (Esther 1-10).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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