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Athaliah

Meaning: whom God afflicts

This was the name of 2 biblical men, and a queen.

  1. Queen Athaliah, the daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel

    She was the wife of King Jehoram, who ruled the Kingdom of Judah (2 Kings 8:18), who “walked in the ways of the house of Ahab” (2 Chronicles 21:6).

    She is called “daughter” of Omri in 2 Kings 8:26; she was his grand-daughter.

    After the death of her husband and of her son King Ahaziah, she resolved to seat herself on the vacant throne. She murdered all Ahaziah’s children, except Joash, the youngest (2 Kings 11:1-2).

    After a reign of 6 years, she was put to death in an insurrection (2 Kings 11:20; 2 Chronicles 21:6; 22:10-12; 23:15), stirred up among the people in connection with Josiah’s being crowned as king.

  2. Athaliah, the father of Jeshaiah (Ezra 8:7)

  3. Athaliah, a son of Jeroham (1 Chronicles 8:26)

Article Version: August 30, 2017