Jezebel - Is There More To Her Story?
What do you think of when you hear the name Jezebel?
Have you heard the name before? Does it conjure up images of sex workers in ancient times, of lewd paganism and scheming women?
If you’re like me it’s the images above, or at least that’s what it was until I did more research on the woman from the book of Kings in the Bible. I knew there was more to her story, I had just never taken the time to look.Because Jezebel is, in my opinion, just one more example were the mythology has been changed over the years.
Once you look at her story more closely you see another classic example of people blaming the woman for negative outcomes, when there’s very little proof she was the heart of the problem. When looking at stories like Jezebel’s, one wonders where were the other people in the story? 1 Kings 18:4 says she was killing prophets, but obviously she wasn’t the king, so where was her husband? What was he doing? One also has to ask the questions of why was she doing this? Where they a threat to her life? No one takes the time to stop and ask. There are no answers to be found that are not given to us by men who want to paint her as the bad guy. What are your answers to this question? Why do you think Jezebel does the things she does?
Jezebel has come to be synonyms with prostitutes, but again there’s no actual evidence that Jezebel cheated on her husband or was a sex worker. So why have Biblical scholars ignored this and changed her character? Why do you think she’s so negatively portrayed?
It is interesting to note that the Bible treats Jezebel much worse than any of the Jewish texts do. While in the bible she is carefully never called queen, Jewish texts do give her title and even mention some of the more positive work she did. Why is there this difference in the texts? How do you feel like her story should be written?
I hope one, or all of these questions inspires you all to submit to us today!
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