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Ahab

[ey-hab] /ˈeɪ hæb/
noun
1.
a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? b.c. I Kings 16–22.
2.
captain of the ship Pequod and tragic hero of Melville's Moby Dick, obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale.
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  • Nathan and David, Elijah and Ahab, have become universal types.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • Why did Ahab not dare to arrest Elijah at the door of Naboth's vineyard?

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • Hostilities between Israel and Syria lasted to the days of Ahab.

  • No more than this is told of the unavailing penance of Jehoram the son of Ahab.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • Athaliah, whose name 131 gives its title to the tragedy, was daughter to the wicked king, Ahab.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • If we do what Ahab did, we have no right to despise him for doing what we do.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • Ancient Jewish tradition identified him with the man who had "drawn his bow at a venture" and slain King Ahab.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • What a different story it would have been if only Ahab had listened to the teaching of God!

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
British Dictionary definitions for Ahab

Ahab

/ˈeɪhæb/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the king of Israel from approximately 869 to 850 bc and husband of Jezebel: rebuked by Elijah (I Kings 16:29–22:40)
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Ahab in the Bible

father's brother. (1.) The son of Omri, whom he succeeded as the seventh king of Israel. His history is recorded in 1 Kings 16-22. His wife was Jezebel (q.v.), who exercised a very evil influence over him. To the calf-worship introduced by Jeroboam he added the worship of Baal. He was severely admonished by Elijah (q.v.) for his wickedness. His anger was on this account kindled against the prophet, and he sought to kill him. He undertook three campaigns against Ben-hadad II., king of Damascus. In the first two, which were defensive, he gained a complete victory over Ben-hadad, who fell into his hands, and was afterwards released on the condition of his restoring all the cities of Israel he then held, and granting certain other concessions to Ahab. After three years of peace, for some cause Ahab renewed war (1 Kings 22:3) with Ben-hadad by assaulting the city of Ramoth-gilead, although the prophet Micaiah warned him that he would not succeed, and that the 400 false prophets who encouraged him were only leading him to his ruin. Micaiah was imprisoned for thus venturing to dissuade Ahab from his purpose. Ahab went into the battle disguised, that he might if possible escape the notice of his enemies; but an arrow from a bow "drawn at a venture" pierced him, and though stayed up in his chariot for a time he died towards evening, and Elijah's prophecy (1 Kings 21:19) was fulfilled. He reigned twenty-three years. Because of his idolatry, lust, and covetousness, Ahab is referred to as pre-eminently the type of a wicked king (2 Kings 8:18; 2 Chr. 22:3; Micah 6:16). (2.) A false prophet referred to by Jeremiah (Jer. 29:21), of whom nothing further is known.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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