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INTRODUCTION. Ahasuerus, the Persian king, appointed Haman his chief advisor and ordered all of his servants to bow to Haman. Mordecai, a Jew and an official in the palace, refused to pay homage to Haman and thus incurred his wrath. Haman, in his anger, planned to destroy all Jews in the kingdom, not just Mordecai, and received authority from the king for his revenge.