Role of Ruth and Esther in the Bible

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The feast of Purim is a joyous celebration of their victory and their release from the edict of persecution. (Chapter 9-10) Esther appears as a woman of deep piety, faith, courage, patriotism, and caution, combined with resolution; a dutiful daughter to her adopted father, docile and obedient to his counsels, and anxious to share the king 's favors with him for the good of the Jewish people. In short,

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