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  1. Surely Esther was married to King Ahasuerus/Xerxes. Isn’t the point of 2:17 that she became his wife, his queen? Yes, it seems that she had sex with him first, but not of her own volition, so she cannot be blamed (unless of course she is in Dubai, or it is a Pharisee or a Tea Party supporter doing the blaming). But then this act of intercourse in itself led to the woman becoming at least a concubine or second class wife. There is no record of a specific wedding ceremony, but then I don’t think there is anywhere in the Old Testament. So don’t try to impose on an innocent young woman an anachronistic requirement for a church wedding.

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