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ahab


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Ahab 
  n  :  (9th  century  BC)  according  to  the  Old  Testament  he  was  a 
  pagan  king  of  Israel  and  husband  of  Jezebel  [syn:  {Ahab}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ahab 
  father's  brother.  (1.)  The  son  of  Omri,  whom  he  succeeded  as  the 
  seventh  king  of  Israel.  His  history  is  recorded  in  1  Kings 
  16-22.  His  wife  was  Jezebel  (q.v.),  who  exercised  a  very  evil 
  influence  over  him  To  the  calf-worship  introduced  by  Jeroboam 
  he  added  the  worship  of  Baal.  He  was  severely  admonished  by 
  Elijah  (q.v.)  for  his  wickedness.  His  anger  was  on  this  account 
  kindled  against  the  prophet,  and  he  sought  to  kill  him  He 
  undertook  three  campaigns  against  Ben-hadad  II.,  king  of 
  Damascus.  In  the  first  two  which  were  defensive,  he  gained  a 
  complete  victory  over  Ben-hadad,  who  fell  into  his  hands,  and 
  was  afterwards  released  on  the  condition  of  his  restoring  all 
  the  cities  of  Israel  he  then  held,  and  granting  certain  other 
  concessions  to  Ahab.  After  three  years  of  peace,  for  some  cause 
  Ahab  renewed  war  (1  Kings  22:3)  with  Ben-hadad  by  assaulting  the 
  city  of  Ramoth-gilead,  although  the  prophet  Micaiah  warned  him 
  that  he  would  not  succeed,  and  that  the  400  false  prophets  who 
  encouraged  him  were  only  leading  him  to  his  ruin.  Micaiah  was 
  imprisoned  for  thus  venturing  to  dissuade  Ahab  from  his  purpose. 
  Ahab  went  into  the  battle  disguised,  that  he  might  if  possible 
  escape  the  notice  of  his  enemies;  but  an  arrow  from  a  bow  "drawn 
  at  a  venture"  pierced  him  and  though  stayed  up  in  his  chariot 
  for  a  time  he  died  towards  evening,  and  Elijah's  prophecy  (1 
  Kings  21:19)  was  fulfilled.  He  reigned  twenty-three  years. 
  Because  of  his  idolatry,  lust,  and  covetousness,  Ahab  is 
  referred  to  as  pre-eminently  the  type  of  a  wicked  king  (2  Kings 
  8:18;  2  Chr.  22:3;  Micah  6:16). 
 
  (2.)  A  false  prophet  referred  to  by  Jeremiah  (Jer.  29:21),  of 
  whom  nothing  further  is  known 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Ahab,  uncle,  or  father's  brother 
 




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