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Jezebel

In the Book of Kings I and II of the Bible, Jezebel was the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. She favored the worship of the god Baal* and ordered the deaths of many Hebrew prophets. Because of her actions, the prophet Elijah cursed her, saying that dogs would eat her body by the walls of the capital city.

prophet one who claims to have received divine messages or insights

prophecy foretelling of what is to come; also something that is predicted

After Ahab died, Jezebel's son Jehoram and a warrior named Jehu both claimed the throne. Jehu killed Jehoram and became king. He went to Jezebel's palace, where she was waiting for him dressed in beautiful clothes. When Jezebel taunted Jehu from her window, however, he ordered her servants to throw her out the window. Although he later declared that she should receive a proper burial, her body had been eaten by dogs in the street, fulfilling Elijah's prophecy. Evil women have since come to be called Jezebels.

See also Baal.

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Jezebel (fl. 9th century bc), a Phoenician princess, traditionally the great-aunt of Dido and in the Bible the wife of Ahab king of Israel. She was denounced by Elijah for introducing the worship of Baal into Israel, and was finally killed at the order of Jehu (2 Kings 10:30–37).

According to the story, when Jezebel heard that Jehu had come, she ‘painted her face, and tired her head’ and looked down from the window at him. At Jehu's order, she was thrown down from the window, and (following a prophecy made by Elijah) the dogs ate her body all except her skull, her feet, and the palms of her hands.

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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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Jezebel (d. c.843 bc) Phoenician princess who became the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. She introduced into Israel the worship of the Phoenician deity Baal and came into conflict with the priests of Yahweh. She clashed most severely with the prophet Elijah, who foretold her brutal death.

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Jezebel shameless woman. XVI. Name of the infamous wife of Ahab, king of Israel (1 Kings 16: 31; 19: 1, 2; 21; and 2 Kings 9: 30–7).

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