Essay on Biblical Sources Of King Ahab
This essay is a description of King Ahab through biblical and extra biblical evidence and the extent to which these sources inform our understating of the bible. The biblical sources will include: Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Spirit Filled Bible, NKJV and Biblegate.com. The extra biblical sources used will be 1 & 2 Kings. NIVAC (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996) and The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopaedia of the Bible.
An artist impression of King Ahab
Ahab the son of Omri ascended to the throne of Israel in the thirty-eighth year of King Asa of Judah (1 Kings 16:29) a Ahab reigned over the northern Kingdom for twenty-two years with his capital in Samaria. He married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians and a high priest of Baal. After his marriage, Ahab built a temple for Baal and erected an Asherah pole. His actions provoked the Lord to anger more than any other king before him. (1 Kings 16:31-33). b Ruins of the walls of the ancient capital of Samaria Baal Sidonian God of Fertility, Asherah goddess of the sea, wife of Baal
This led to the prophet Elijah to prophesying drought in the land of Israel for years and asserted that the drought will only cease at his word (1 kings 17:1). Israel went through years of famine as a result.
In the third year of the drought the Lord sent Elijah back to see Ahab.
Whilst journeying to see the King,…