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She is the most notorious woman in the Bible and quite possibly all of literature Jezebel her name is a synonym for wickedness Deen 125 What could she have possible done to earn such a reputation Is she really worse than any other man or woman in the Bible Or was she just a confidant powerful and misunderstood woman with a fervent faith and devotion to Baal Jezebel is first mentioned in the Bible in I Kings Before the recounting of the tale of Elijah she is referenced as the wife of King Ahab There is slight background information given about her She was a Phoenician princess raised in Tyre Sur and Sidon one of the most liberal courts of the day Gaines 4 Immediately following her genealogy she is faulted for the veneration and worship of Baal I Kings 1631 It would only be natural for her a native Sidonian to follow the cult of Baal being that Sidonia was teaming with idol worshippers at the time Gaines 3 Additionally her father was a high priest of Baal Gaines 3 Can we truly blame her for following a religion set upon her at birth After being chastised for her choice of religions she is then held responsible for that of her husband King Ahab is a complex person His first mention in the Bible is slightly before Jezebels and starts out similarly with a recounting of genealogy However his intro differs greatly in that after he is burdened with being referred to as evil in the sight of the LORD more than any of his predecessors I Kings 1630 Jezebels intro follows and then we learn of Ahabs erection of an altar and temple to Baal This is a tad unexpected however not all that surprising Ahab comes from a long line of people who have sinned against God in their pursuit of idolatry However they tried to redeem themselves somewhere in the middle
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