Esther 1:2, Question 2. Why does the verse emphasize here that Achashverosh is the king, whereas the previous verse did not even mention it?

One possible answer is, again, to emphasize the speed of his ascention to power. Even as we read through the verses, Achashverosh goes from nobody to king in a moment. We even see in recent American presidential history how a relative unknown can be catapulted to a position of tremendous power within weeks.

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