In approximately 580 BCE, Queen Esther became an orphan at a very young age. Fortunately, her much older cousin Mordechai took it upon himself to raise her in her parents’ stead. She grew up to be a very beautiful young lady, modest and humble, but possessed of a keen intellect.
The Israelites were exiled to Babylonia (Persia) in 586 BCE. At that time, Esther (named for the goddess Ashtar) became an orphan at a very young age. Fortunately, Esther had a cousin, Mordechai, much older than she, and he raised her until she became a beautiful young woman.
At this time, the king of Persia was seeking a new wife, after “disposing” of his first wife, Queen Vashti.