Jezebel

Jezebel (jĕz´əbĕl), in the First Book of Kings, Phoenician princess who was the wife of King Ahab and the mother of Ahaziah, Jehoram, and Athaliah. She encouraged worship of Baal, including the worship of Asherah and persecuted the prophets of her day. Jezebel was the bitter foe of Elijah. Elijah's prophecy of Jezebel's doom was fulfilled when Jehu triumphed over the house of Ahab. In Revelation, her name is applied to a false prophetess of Thyatira. A Jezebel in common usage is a wicked woman.

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Music in the Old Bones: Jezebel through the Ages
Janet Howe Gaines.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1999
Certain People of the Book
Maurice Samuel.
Knopf, 1967
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "The Hellcat"
Assertive Biblical Women
William E. Phipps.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Bold and Unscrupulous Rulers"
I & II Kings: A Commentary
John Gray.
Westminster Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "The Sequel: Jezebel's Reaction, Elijah's Flight, Despair, and Reassurance, and the Call of Elisha" begins on p. 361
Legends of the Bible
Louis Ginzberg.
Jewish Publication Society of America, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XVI "Judah and Israel: The Division of the Kingdom"
FREE! History of the Jews
Heinrich Graetz.
The Jewish Publication Society of America, vol.1, 1891
Librarian’s tip: Chapter X "Secession of the Tribes"
FREE! The Kings and Prophets of Israel and Judah, from the Division of the Kingdom to the Babylonian Exile
Charles Foster Kent.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909
Librarian’s tip: Chap. LXIII "Elijah's Work as a Religious and Social Reformer"
A History of the Jewish People
Max L. Margolis; Alexander Marx.
Jewish Publication Society of America, 1927
FREE! The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge
Samuel Macauley Jackson.
Funk and Wagnalls, vol.6, 1910
Jezebel's Last Laugh: The Rhetoric of Wicked Women
Quick, Catherine S.
Women and Language, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 1993
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