Jezebel: The Untold Story Of The Bibles Harlot Queen by Lesley HazletonThere is no woman with a worse reputation than Jezebel, the ancient queen who corrupted a nation and met one of the most gruesome fates in the Bible. Her name alone speaks of sexual decadence and promiscuity. But what if this version of her story, handed down to us through the ages, is merely the one her enemies wanted us to believe? What if Jezebel, far from being a conniving harlot, was, in fact, framed?
In this remarkable new biography, Lesley Hazleton shows exactly how the proud and courageous queen of Israel was vilified and made into the very embodiment of wanton wickedness by her political and religious enemies. Jezebel brings readers back to the source of the biblical story, a rich and dramatic saga featuring evil schemes and underhanded plots, war and treason, false gods and falser humans, and all with the fate of entire nations at stake. At its center are just one woman and one man—the sophisticated Queen Jezebel and the stark prophet Elijah. Their epic and ultimately tragic confrontation pits tolerance against righteousness, pragmatism against divine dictates, and liberalism against conservatism. It is, in other words, the original story of the unholy marriage of sex, politics, and religion, and it ends in one of the most chillingly brutal scenes in the entire Bible.
Here at last is the real story of the rise and fall of this legendary woman—a radically different portrait with startling contemporary resonance in a world mired once again in religious wars.
King James Bible
Jezebel , also spelled Jezabel , died c. By interfering with the exclusive worship of the Hebrew God, Yahweh , by disregarding the rights of the common people, and by defying the great prophets Elijah and Elisha , she provoked the internecine strife that enfeebled Israel for decades. She has come to be known as an archetype of the wicked woman. Most of the prophets of Yahweh were killed at her command. Looking down from her window, Jezebel taunted Jehu , the general who had overthrown and killed her son. Jehu ordered her eunuchs to throw her out the window. When Jezebel married Ahab ruled c.
Jezebel was a Phoenician princess in the 9th century who married Ahab, the prince of Israel.
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And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. Mark And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. For it was [so], when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water. And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do [to me], and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
According to the Biblical narrative, Jezebel incited her husband King Ahab to abandon the worship of Yahweh and promote worship of the deities Baal and Asherah on a national scale. In addition, she persecuted the prophets of Yahweh and personally organized the execution of Naboth , a law-abiding landowner, after Ahab coveted his land. For these transgressions against the God and people of Israel, Jezebel met a gruesome death—thrown out of a window by members of her own court retinue, and the flesh of her corpse eaten by stray dogs. In later Christian tradition , Jezebel was associated with false prophets. She is introduced into the Biblical narrative as a Phoenician princess, the daughter of Ithobaal I , king of Tyre 1 Kings says she was "Sidonian", which is a biblical term for Phoenicians in general. Jezebel eventually married King Ahab of Samaria, the northern kingdom of Israel.
What does the Bible say about? But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. And when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord , Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water. When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window. Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord , how I hid a hundred men of the Lord 's prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water? And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him.