Jezebel’s Daughter


“Jezebel’s Daughter” offers an unconventional perspective on a captivating historical figure during a time of religious and political upheaval, presenting a nuanced portrayal of a woman whose influence shaped the very foundations of monotheistic faiths.


Eighty years after the death of King Solomon, and more than eight hundred years before Jesus, Queen Athaliah reigned in Jerusalem. The daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, Athaliah was the only woman in the Bible ever to reign as queen in her own right in Judah, the Southern Kingdom. The biblical texts, traditional commentators, and scholars all remember her—when they mention her at all—as a bloodthirsty tyrant.

Yet a closer look gives a more complex picture, and this novel takes an unconventional view of a fascinating woman and her turbulent times. Jezebel’s Daughter explores the period when the worship, the politics, and the people of the land that gave us the world’s great monotheisms were in flux, and draws a portrait of the woman without whom the tides of history might have washed away their foundation.
[A] fascinating tale, replete with ethnographic and historical details, of a strong and sensible woman in a male-dominant environment, navigating her way through palace intrigue and the cultural clash between Paganism and Yahwism.—
Nehama Aschkenasy, Woman at the Window: Biblical Tales of Oppression and Escape and the award-winning Eve’s Journey: Feminist Images in Hebraic Literary Tradition

Jezebel’s Daughter kept me up very late last night. Just had to finish it, and am in awe of the work.… wonderful beyond words. There is hardly a character in the very long list of personalities that I didn’t come to understand or sympathize with, or even hate; and the important ones seem always to be changing, evolving, and becoming more credible. Amazing!… [A]rt of the highest kind.—
Prof. Jay Posey

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0041HXOLU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blue Grape Press (August 30, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 30, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 818 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled

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