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Jezebel’s Letter
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Baal-worshiper who kills prophets of the Lord, threatens Elijah, and orders the murder of Naboth (1 Kgs 16:31; 18:4; 19:2; 21:5–14). Jezebel is the wife of King Ahab of Israel (874–853 bc) and the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians. She is killed at the command of King Jehu, who is chosen by Yahweh to destroy the house of Ahab (2 Kgs 9:6–7; 30–33).The narratives of 1–2 Kings portray Jezebel as a woman of great wickedness who persuades her husband and others to oppose Yahweh and commit evil deeds. Her legacy is preserved in 1 Kgs 21:25: “Truly, there was no one like Ahab who had sold himself by doing evil in the eyes of Yahweh, whose wife Jezebel urged him on.”
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jezebel, Daughter of Ethbaal
Jezebel, Wife of Ahab, Daughter of Ethbaal (אִיזֶבֶל‎, izevel). Baal-worshiper who kills prophets of the Lord, threatens Elijah, and orders the murder of Naboth (1 Kgs 16:31; 18:4; 19:2; 21:5–14). Jezebel is the wife of King Ahab of Israel (874–853 bc) and the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians.
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
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Jezebel
Jezebel (jez´uh-bel; Heb., “where is the prince?”). An influential, though notorious, queen of Israel. Jezebel was a Phoenician princess (daughter of Ethbaal, king of Sidon), who married King Ahab of Israel. She is regarded negatively in the Bible for inciting Ahab and others to sin (1 Kings 16:31; 21:25).
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
Jezebel
Jezebel [jez-uh-bel] (איזבל, a Phoenician name containing the word “Prince,” but otherwise unclear) (1) daughter of King Ethbaal of Sidon and wife of King Ahab of Israel (1 Kings 16:31) (2) the Thyatiran false prophetess who lured Christians into idolatry; an allegory of Jezebel (1) (Rev. 2:20)
Jezebel
JezebelThe name Jezebel has entered our language as a term denoting an evil, conniving, and manipulative harridan. The usage is well justified.Jezebel was a Phoenician princess, the daughter of King Ethbaal of Sidon. Ethbaal was not only a king; according to Flavius Josephus he was also a priest of
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
JEZEBEL
JEZEBEL jez´uh-bel [אִיזֶבֶלʾizevel; Ἰεζάβελ Iezabel]. 1. As one of the most despised women in the OT, Jezebel has become a symbol for uncontrolled female power and unrestrained sexuality, even though the biblical text portrays her as a devoted spouse (1 Kgs 16:31–2 Kgs 9:37). She was the daughter
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