The 10 sons of Haman were hanged as we read in the Megillah. (Esther 9:14)
But it appears they were killed by the sword. Is this a correct chronology of the story / facts?
- Haman was hanged on or around 16th Nisan
- The decree was overturned in Sivan
- The Jews were armed to defend themselves
- Around 13th-14th Adar of the following year, the sons of Haman and their followers ignored the fact the decree had been overturned and tried to carry it out anyway
- Having been armed the Jews successfully defended themselves and killed their enemies, including the sons of Haman, by the sword
- The sons of Haman were then hung (whilst already dead) to show the public what happened to those who were enemies of the Jews.
The alternative is that:
- Sons of Haman did not accept the decree had been overturned and so led many people to fight against the Jews
- This was was unsuccessful and many people were killed by the sword but not the sons of Haman themselves
- Esther requests that the sons, for their part in starting this rebellion, should be hanged. (9:13)
- They were. (9:14)
In which case they were hanged, probably around 14th Adar.
Which of these is accurate?