Monday, December 5, 2016

Jezebel


When a woman is referred to as a "loose" woman, a libertine, er... sexually liberated, sometimes she is referred to as a Jezebel. Have you ever been called a Jezebel? I haven't but I have been called a dog and worse. FYI, calling someone Jezebel is an insult, not a compliment. Anyway, the original Jezebel refers to a particular queen of Israel who was married to King Ahab, considered to be a candidate for the most evil of all Israel's kings.

Jezebel is identified in the Hebrew Book of Kings (1 Kings 16:31) as the daughter of Ithobaal I of Sidon and the wife of Ahab, King of Israel. She was Phoenician and a believer in Baal.

She induced her Jewish husband King Ahab to abandon the worship of God and encouraged the worship of Baal and Asherah instead. Jezebel persecuted the prophets, and fabricated evidence of blasphemy against an innocent landowner who refused to sell his property to King Ahab, causing the landowner to be put to death. For these transgressions against God and the people of Israel, Jezebel was thrown out of a window by members of her own court retinue, and her corpse was left to be eaten by stray dogs. Ew!

A comparison to Jezebel suggests that a person is a pagan or an apostate masquerading as a servant of God. By manipulation and/or seduction, Jezebel misled her subjects into sins of idolatry and sexual immorality. In particular, Jezebel is associated with promiscuity. From Wikipedia, I learned that "In modern usage, the name of Jezebel is sometimes used as a synonym for sexually promiscuous and/or controlling women, especially as a racist stereotype of Black women, the Jezebel stereotype."

That racist stereotype mentioned above? Never heard of it. Bogus Wikileaks opinion? You make the call.

Edit: Aha! Here is the article that assigns the Jezebel moniker to black women -- it's a freakin' opinion piece at the Jim Crow Online Museum at Ferris University! And just think, millions use Wikipedia every day.

1 comment:

  1. Jezebel was a nasty woman for sure and the Bible is where the name got attached to the behavior. Where the so-called racism comes from is made-up stuff.

    Aren't you sick and tired of everything you know being called racist and sexist?

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