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Athaliah

 

Harperís Bible Dictionary

edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)

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Athaliah (Heb., ‘Jah is strong’), the only ruling queen of Judah. She was the daughter of Jezebel and Ahab of Israel, and the wife of Jehoram, king of Judah (ca. 849-843 b.c.). She ruled (ca. 843-837 b.c.) upon the death of Ahaziah at the hands of Jehu (2 Kings 9:29). She instigated a purge of the male heirs. After six years, Jehoida, one of the priests, mounted a successful coup by producing Joash, a male who escaped the purge, and Athaliah was murdered (2 Kings 11:1-20).

 

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