The Old Testament Time Period

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Throughout the Old Testament there are many examples of strong and capable leaders. One of these leaders is Esther. Esther was a very cleaver leader who used the cultural expectations as the queen and Machiavellian leadership principles to increase her power in society. During the Old Testament time period, both within Israel and the surrounding cultures, the queen held little to no power. Her purpose was to serve the king and ensure there was a successor to the throne. When Esther became to queen to King Ahasuerus, this was what was expected of her. She was not supposed to be a leading in any capacity, unlike modern queens. The role of Esther as a leader did not come from her role in her culture, but from her using Machiavellian principles to take power and become a leader.
Ester first demonstrates Machiavellian principles when she failed to reveal her people to King Ahasuerus or to the other women taken as potential brides for the king, “The girl pleased him and won his favor, and he quickly provided her with her cosmetic treatments and her portion of food, and with seven chosen maids to the best place in the harem. Ester did not reveal her people or kindred, for Mordecai had charged her not to tell. ” By failing to reveal her Jewish heritage Esther was leading the king to believe that she was someone who was not. In this situation, Esther is displaying her ability to use her situation and culture to her advantage. In this situation Esther is taking advantage of the fact
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