Exegetical Essay: Description 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 …show more content…
Ahab disregarded this and went to war disguised as a commoner. An arrow was shot between his armour, he died later that evening and his body was returned to Samaria where he was buried. His blood stained chariot was washed by the pool in Samaria and dogs licked his blood as prophesied by the prophet Elijah. “38 They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria; the dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes washed themselves in it, according to the word of the Lord that he had spoken.” i (22:38). The rest of his family were killed by Jehu 12 years later. j (2 Kgs …show more content…
Commentaries also reveal more about Ahab’s family, specifically his wife and father in law’s pagan ideas and rituals. K Ahab was considered to be a wealthy king, some of the archaeological finds of ivory plaques Kings 22: 39 and panels in Samaria are believed to be from his palace in the capital. L Written, artefactual and architectural evidence to support theory that he was a powerful and wicked King. His legacy is one lust, idolatry, disobedience and