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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
How Bad Was Jezebel? By Janet Howe Gaines.
How Bad Was Jezebel?
By Janet Howe Gaines.
Bible History Daily
, May 6, 2013.
This ivory comes from Arslan Tash, in northern Syria. The most common motif found on Phoenician ivories,
the woman at the window may represent the goddess Astarte (Biblical Asherah) looking out a palace window.
Perhaps this widespread imagery influenced the Biblical author’s description of Jezebel, a follower of Astarte
looking out the palace window as Jehu approached (2 Kings 9:30). Erich Lessing.
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