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jezebel


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jezebel  \Jez"e*bel\,  n.  [From  Jezebel,  Heb.  Izebel  the  wife  of 
  Ahab  king  of  Israel.] 
  A  bold,  vicious  woman;  a  termagant.  --Spectator. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Jezebel 
  n  1:  (9th  century  BC)  wife  of  Ahab  who  was  king  of  Israel; 
  according  to  the  Old  Testament  she  was  a  cruel  immoral 
  queen  who  fostered  the  worship  of  Baal  and  tried  to  kill 
  Elijah  and  other  prophets  of  Israel  [syn:  {Jezebel}] 
  2:  a  shameless  impudent  scheming  woman 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Jezebel 
  chaste,  the  daughter  of  Ethbaal,  the  king  of  the  Zidonians  and 
  the  wife  of  Ahab,  the  king  of  Israel  (1  Kings  16:31).  This  was 
  the  "first  time  that  a  king  of  Israel  had  allied  himself  by 
  marriage  with  a  heathen  princess;  and  the  alliance  was  in  this 
  case  of  a  peculiarly  disastrous  kind  Jezebel  has  stamped  her 
  name  on  history  as  the  representative  of  all  that  is  designing, 
  crafty,  malicious,  revengeful,  and  cruel.  She  is  the  first  great 
  instigator  of  persecution  against  the  saints  of  God.  Guided  by 
  no  principle,  restrained  by  no  fear  of  either  God  or  man, 
  passionate  in  her  attachment  to  her  heathen  worship,  she  spared 
  no  pains  to  maintain  idolatry  around  her  in  all  its  splendour. 
  Four  hundred  and  fifty  prophets  ministered  under  her  care  to 
  Baal,  besides  four  hundred  prophets  of  the  groves  [R.V., 
  'prophets  of  the  Asherah'],  which  ate  at  her  table  (1  Kings 
  18:19).  The  idolatry,  too  was  of  the  most  debased  and  sensual 
  kind."  Her  conduct  was  in  many  respects  very  disastrous  to  the 
  kingdom  both  of  Israel  and  Judah  (21:1-29).  At  length  she  came 
  to  an  untimely  end  As  Jehu  rode  into  the  gates  of  Jezreel,  she 
  looked  out  at  the  window  of  the  palace,  and  said  "Had  Zimri 
  peace,  who  slew  his  master?"  He  looked  up  and  called  to  her 
  chamberlains,  who  instantly  threw  her  from  the  window,  so  that 
  she  was  dashed  in  pieces  on  the  street,  and  his  horses  trod  her 
  under  their  feet.  She  was  immediately  consumed  by  the  dogs  of 
  the  street  (2  Kings  9:7-37),  according  to  the  word  of  Elijah  the 
  Tishbite  (1  Kings  21:19). 
 
  Her  name  afterwards  came  to  be  used  as  the  synonym  for  a 
  wicked  woman  (Rev.  2:  20). 
 
  It  may  be  noted  that  she  is  said  to  have  been  the  grand-aunt 
  of  Dido,  the  founder  of  Carthage. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Jezebel,  chaste 
 




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