Athaliah (ăth´əlī´ə). 1 The only queen to occupy the throne of Judah, daughter of Ahab of Israel, wife of Jehoram2 of Judah, and mother of Ahaziah2 of Judah, whom she succeeded. She had the males of the royal family murdered, but her stepdaughter Jehosheba hid away a baby son of Ahaziah. Some years later, Jehosheba and her husband Jehoiada1 effected a coup in favor of this baby, Jehoash2. Athaliah they killed. These events are the subject of Racine's Athalie.2 Benjamite. 3 Father of one who returned with Ezra.
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