prophecyteacher: In answer to your question. Yes they did have children. I have researched the Persian Kings in depth in my studies of prophecy. The book of Esther only gives a brief history of events. In answering the question there is some events to list:1. King Ahasureus (Xerxes) begins to rule Persia from 485 B.C. (this reign started in the fall of the year)2. In the 3rd year of his reign he throws a feast that lasted for 6 months (180 days) Esther 1:4. This occured in the year 483-482 B.C.3. Esther is made queen in the 10th month in the seventh year of Xerxes reign (Esther 2:16). This means that it had to occur in 478 B.C.This is what we know from Scripture. In addition Esther 4:14 "and who knoweth wether tou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this". It was for that time that God raised Esther up to save His people. However, there is also another reason. For this we need to jump to Nehemiah. Here we find that Nehemiah is the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes. Some questions that you should ask are:1. Why would the king place a person from a conquered peolpe as his cup bearer. The responsibility of a cup bearer was to protect the king from being poisoned. Not the position you want your enemy in?2. Why was the king so interested in the feelings of a servant?Now we look at the history of Xerxes to find the answer to your question. Xerxes was killed in fall of 465 B.C. by Artabanus (his counseler) who also killed the oldest son (this was the son of Vashti). He then proclaimed himself king and was killed by Artaxerxes 1 several months later in hand to hand combat. Artaxerxes 1 was between 10 and 12 years old depending on the reference you check. This was quite a feat for a child that young but remember he was trained in combat since he was old enough to walk. Artaxerxes 1 then took the throne as the rightful king.Esther the queen mother is still alive at this time. Now if Artaxerxes 1 is only 12 years old then he had to have been born in 477 B.C. This was the year following Esther becoming queen. So Esther was the mother of Artaxerxes 1 making him half Jewish. Now we see why he would have a Jew as a cup bearer. Not because it was a conquered people but because he was a Jew himself. In addition it was Artaxerxes 1 that in the 20th year of his reign (444 B.C.) issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem which started the countdown to the coming of Christ, as prophesied by Daniel (Daniel 9:25) and ending on the 10th of Nisan 33 A.D. when Christ rode to the temple and was rejected by the Jews (he was cut off or set aside for the Passover) to be crucified. The prophecy by God was fulfilled to the very day in its accuracy. I hope this helps your understanding and answers your question.Your fellow servant in Christ,prophecyteacher
the 10 -- 12 year old kid you name, I thought that was the name of vashti's son... what was her kid's name if this kid was esther's kid?