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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Jezreel

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Jezreel (jĕz're-el). God hath planted. 1. A city in the plain of the same name between Gilboa and Little Hermon. It was a boundary of Issachar. Joshua 19:18. Ahab chose it for his chief residence. The selection shows the ability of this wicked king. Near by were a temple and grove of Astarte, with an establishment of 400 priests supported by Jezebel. 1 Kings 18:19; 2 Kings 10:11. The palace of Ahab, 1 Kings 21:1, probably containing his "ivory house," 1 Kings 22:39, was on the eastern side of the city. Compare 1 Kings 21:1; 2 Kings 9:25; 2 Kings 9:30; 2 Kings 9:33. Jezebel lived by the city wall, and had a high window lacing eastward. 2 Kings 9:30. It had a watch-tower, on which a sentinel stood. 2 Kings 9:17. The gateway of the city on the east was also the gateway of the palace. 2 Kings 9:34. The vineyard of Naboth was probably on the vineclad hill outside the city to the eastward. A spring near is now called ʾAin-Jalûd, or the "Spring of Goliath," and is the "fountain" or "spring" in "Jezreel." 1 Samuel 29:1. After the fall of the house of Ahab, Jezreel also fell into a decline. It is now a miserable village of a dozen houses, and known as Zerin. 2. A town in Judah, in the neighborhood of the southern Carmel. Joshua 15:56. Here David in his wanderings took Ahinoam the Jezreelitess for his second wife. 1 Samuel 27:3; 1 Samuel 30:5

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Jezreel'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/j/jezreel.html. 1893.

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