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Jezreel

Hebrew: יזרעאל‎

Meaning: God scatters

This was the name of 2 biblical cities and 2 men.

  1. Jezreel, a city of the Tribe of Issachar (Joshua 19:18), where the kings of Israel often resided (1 Kings 18:45; 21:1; 2 Kings 9:30)

    Tel Jezreel, near modern kibbutz Yizre'el, Israel—site of ancient Jezreel of the Tribe of Issachar and the Kingdom of Israel—satellite view

    King Ahab and his Queen Jezebel had their palace here. Here the prophet Elijah met Ahab, Jehu, and Bidkar; and here Jehu executed his dreadful commission against the house of Ahab (2 Kings 9:14-37; 10:1-11).

  2. Jezreel, a town in Judah (Joshua 15:56), to the southeast of Hebron

    Ahinoam, one of David’s wives, probably belonged to this place (1 Samuel 27:3).

  3. Jezreel, a symbolic name given by Hosea to his oldest son (Hos. 1:4), in token of a great slaughter predicted by him, like that which had formerly taken place in the plain of Esdraelon (compare Hos. 1:4-5)

  4. Jezreel, a man of Judah who was the son of Etam

    His brothers were Ishma and Idbash, and his sister was Hazelelponi (1 Chronicles 4:3).

Article Version: September 5, 2017