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Jezreel (jĕz´rēĕl) [Heb.,=God sows]. 1 City, ancient Palestine, in the plain of Esdraelon, halfway from Megiddo to the Jordan, and mentioned in the Bible. Situated on land allotted to Issachar's tribe, Jezreel was a residence (9th cent. BC) of King Ahab, whose family was called the house of Jezreel. Jezreel came to describe the town's surrounding valley, which separates Galilee from Samaria. 2 In the Bible, town of Judah. 3 In the Book of Hosea, symbolic name for a son of Hosea.

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Jezreel in the Bible, the capital of Israel in the reign of Ahab; Naboth's vineyard was near to it, and it was in Jezreel that Jezebel was put to death. Hosea later prophesied (Hosea 1:5) that guilt for the blood of Jezreel would fall on the house of Jehu, and that the nation of Israel would be destroyed in the valley of Jezreel.

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