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Jezebel (prophetess)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A false prophetess mentioned in Rev 2:20. The church at Thyatira was judged because it tolerated a woman who called herself a prophetess. She used this title to convince those in the church to commit immorality. Whether Jezebel was a real or symbolic name is unknown. She was given an opportunity to repent, but she refused (Rev 2:21).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jezebel the False Prophetess
Jezebel the False Prophetess (אִיזֶבֶל‎, izevel). A false prophetess mentioned in Rev 2:20. The church at Thyatira was judged because it tolerated a woman who called herself a prophetess. She used this title to convince those in the church to commit immorality. Whether Jezebel was a real or symbolic name
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Jezebel (Person)
JEZEBEL (PERSON) [Heb ʾı̂zebel (אִיזֶבֶל‎)]. 1. The daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians, and wife of Ahab the son of Omri and king of Israel (1 Kgs 16:29–31). As it is vocalized in the MT, the name Jezebel is probably a two-layered parody. The original name ʾı̂zĕbūl (“Where is the Prince?”) first
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Jezebel
Jezebel. Daughter of Ethbaal, king of Sidon (1 Kgs 16:31). She became the wife of Ahab, king of the northern kingdom of Israel; the marriage was probably a continuation of the friendly relations between Israel and Phoenicia begun by Omri and confirmed a political alliance between the two nations. Jezebel
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Jezebel
Jezebel jezʹə-bel [Heb. ʾîzeḇel; Gk. Iezabel]. The base of this Phoenician name is zbl, “prince,” usually vocalized zeḇûl. Proposals for an original sentence name include ʾy-zbl, “where is the prince?” and ʾṯ-zbl, “the prince exists.” Both exclamations occur in passages concerning Baal’s demise
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Jezebel
JEZEBEL Daughter of Ethbaal, king of Sidon (1 Kgs 16:31). She became the wife of Ahab, king of the northern kingdom of Israel. The marriage was probably a continuation of the friendly relations between Israel and Phoenicia begun by Omri; it confirmed a political alliance between the two nations. Jezebel
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Jezebel
JEZEBEL. The wife of Ahab, king of Israel (874–853 b.c.), and daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Zidonians. Jezebel was a devotee of Baal-Melkart, the god of Phoenecia (1 Kgs 18:19). She encouraged Ahab to build shrines for worship and brought hundreds of the religion’s priests and prophets to Israel.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Jezebel
JEZEBEL. 1. The daughter of Ethbaal, priest-king of Tyre and Sidon. She was married to Ahab, to ratify an alliance between Tyre and Israel, by which Omri, Ahab’s father, sought to offset the hostility of Damascus towards Israel (c. 880 bc). Provision was made for her to continue to worship her native
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Jezebel
Jezebel (Heb. ʾɩ̂zeḇel)Queen of Israel, the wife of Ahab and daughter of the Sidonian (Phoenician) king Ethbaal. As vocalized in the MT the name can be read as either “islands of dung” or “no dung,” generally recognized as parodies of the consonantal form meaning “no nobility” or “Where is the prince?”
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Jezebel
JEZEBEL איזבלI. Daughter of Eth-Baal, king of Sidon, and wife of Ahab, king of Northern Israel.She was an active propagator of the →Baal cult (1 Kgs 16:29–33; 18:19; 19:1–2; 21:25; 2 Kgs 9:30–37), who persecuted the →Yahweh prophets (1 Kgs 18:4). The meaning of her Phoenician name is disputed; mostly
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Jezebel
JEZEBEL Daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians, and wife of King Ahab of Israel (1 Kgs 16:29–31). Scripture portrays her as a woman of corrupting influence and power in the court of Ahab. After marrying Ahab she promoted the worship of the Canaanite storm and fertility god Baal and was patron of
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Jezebel
Jez´ebel (chaste), wife of Ahab king of Israel. (b.c. 883.) She was a Phœnician princess, daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians. In her hands her husband became a mere puppet. 1 Kings 21:25. The first effect of her influence was the immediate establishment of the Phœnician worship on a grand scale