Almost everything I know about the Tanach/Bible I learned as an adult. Add that to the fact that my mind does work a bissell differently from others, and you shouldn't be surprised.
Unlike EVERYONE ELSE, I read the line I've circled here as:
"And he raised Hadassa, actually named Esther..."Standard commentary of her name is that her Persian name was Esther, but her real name was Haddassa.
It's a well known fact that there's a Hebrew root to the name Esther סתר. סתר S-T-R means "secret." And the same linguistic root להסתיר lihastir means to hide. Those who claim the root to be Persian, say it's "star." I have a question for you:
When are stars out?Did you answer "at night"?
Think again, please. Stars are always surrounding the earth. It's just that daylight hides them. Clouds and rain hide them even at night. Yes, stars are mostly hidden.
Not only did Esther hide her national identity when in the palace; she hid her intelligence, too. Ester was a woman of secrets, just like her name in Hebrew, Esther סתר , אסתר S-T-R means "secret."
There's a linguistic theory that Hebrew is the root of all languages. What do you think?