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By Lesley Hazleton

There is not any lady with a worse attractiveness than Jezebel, the traditional queen who corrupted a country and met essentially the most ugly fates within the Bible. Her identify by myself speaks of sexual decadence and promiscuity. yet what if this model of her tale, passed right down to us in the course of the a while, is in simple terms the only her enemies sought after us to think? What if Jezebel, faraway from being a conniving harlot, was once, actually, framed?
In this awesome new biography, Lesley Hazleton indicates precisely how the proud and brave queen of Israel used to be vilified and made into the very embodiment of wanton wickedness by means of her political and non secular enemies. Jezebel brings readers again to the resource of the biblical tale, a wealthy and dramatic saga that includes evil schemes and underhanded plots, warfare and treason, fake gods and falser people, and all with the destiny of whole international locations at stake. At its middle are only one lady and one man—the subtle Queen Jezebel and the stark prophet Elijah. Their epic and finally tragic war of words pits tolerance opposed to righteousness, pragmatism opposed to divine dictates, and liberalism opposed to conservatism. it's, in different phrases, the unique tale of the unholy marriage of intercourse, politics, and faith, and it results in essentially the most chillingly brutal scenes within the complete Bible.
Here ultimately is the genuine tale of the increase and fall of this mythical woman—a substantially varied portrait with startling modern resonance in a global mired once more in non secular wars.

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It makes much better ancient feel too, given that Ahab’s servants may have wiped clean his swords to be buried along him. very likely, the guns have been remodeled into prostitutes no longer by way of the unique authors yet by means of a later editor angry at having to checklist the heroic dying of this “most evil of the entire kings of Israel” and hence seizing the chance to take one final dig at Ahab. because the Yahwist view used to be that Ahab had prostituted himself to fake gods via marrying Jezebel and tolerating Baalite worship, so in loss of life his partners will be canine and harlots—the very figures that may play such pivotal roles within the imminent account of Jezebel’s personal dying. As she stood on the major gate of Samaria to obtain the physique of her slain husband, her face set within the regal masks of rite, Jezebel definitely cursed this land. Her marriage have been an extraordinary factor through the lighting fixtures of her time—a precise partnership, regardless of the antagonism of Elijah and his supporters. She knew that they had to be rejoicing at Ahab’s loss of life, and the very considered their pleasure served to extend her bitterness. She was once in her mid-thirties now. much more impressive, possibly, than while she used to be undefined. Her positive aspects had develop into aquiline, not softened by way of adolescence. Her nostril used to be sharper and extra aristocratic, her lips thinner, her kohl-rimmed eyes heavier and deeper set. From one second to the following these eyes may possibly nonetheless flash with anger or cross black with brooding, yet now there has been a hardness in them that hadn’t been there sooner than. you could nearly name it defiance if that hadn’t implied a attractiveness of a few different authority to defy. It was once the hardness of where, possibly, of the stone and mud of this landlocked state faraway from the gentle Phoenician coast, as if the stone had discovered its manner into her soul simply because it had discovered its means into the souls of the militant prophets. You’d must be capable of glance previous the regal masks to determine the soreness in her eyes, the buried eager for what used to be domestic and used to be not. there has been no going again for her, no longer now. Her father, King Ithbaal, had died six years sooner than, and her stepbrother had taken over the throne of Tyre. She now not had anywhere there—only right here, within the position that had eventually claimed her husband’s lifestyles. “A land that devours its population” is how Moses’ scouts might describe this kingdom in Numbers. yet Jezebel used to be to not be gobbled. no longer but. As she begun the method of shepherding Ahab’s physique into the subsequent lifestyles, she might suppose the ability of Gula gazing over her, retaining her during this no-man’s-land of bereavement, the place lifestyles and loss of life meet. She ordered an entire week of public mourning, and because the ritual wailing and keening started, she supervised the monks as they washed the physique and oiled it, coated it with myrrh and balsam and spices, then wrapped it tightly in shrouds. She walked sooner than the bier as Ahab was once carried in rite to the deep-cut rock tomb of the kings of Samaria, and stood unflinching as he used to be laid beside the is still of his father, Omri.

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