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daughter of Ethbaal, King of the Zidonians, and wife of Ahab, king of Israel, 1 Kings 16:31 . This princess introduced into the kingdom of Samaria the public worship of Baal, Astarte, and other Phenician deities, which the Lord had expressly forbidden; and with this impious worship, a general prevalence of those abominations which had formerly incensed God against the Canaanites, to their utter extirpation.

Jezebel was so zealous, that she fed at her own table four hundred prophets belonging to the goddess Astarte; and her husband Ahab, in like manner, kept four hundred of Baal's prophets, as ministers of his false gods. The name of Jezebel is used proverbially, Revelation 2:20 . See JEHU .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Jezebel'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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