After thousands of years of debate and question this series explores many of the greatest tales of Scripture. Filmed on location throughout the Holy Land and utilizing modern scientific techniques and newly found archaeological discoveries Mysteries of the Bible reveals surprising facts and theories behind the legendary figures and fabled stories of the Bible. The acclaimed A and E series Mysteries of the Bible provide a wealth of astonishing discoveries and unforgettable revelations. Episode Queen Esterh Far Away and Long Ago – Mysteries surrounding the Biblical story of Esther, who became the queen of King Ahasuerus and exposed Haman’s plan to murder Jews. Included: whether Esther and Mordecai actually existed. Also: the significance of the story to Jews during times of persecution. She gave birth to the yearly festival of Purim, the Jewish celebration marked by revelry and charity. But how did a woman from ancient Persia come to have such an impact on Judaism? Her story, told in the Book of Esther, has long intrigued scholars. Could her epic of courage and sacrifice be true? Did King Ahasuerus exist, and what of his fabled buried treasure? And why was the Book of Esther the only book of the Old Testament missing from the Dead Sea Scrolls? Journey to the magnificent ruins of the ancient Persian palace of Persepolis, deep in the Iranian desert, and discover surprising secrets that cast new light on this ancient biblical mystery.