by Lesley Hazleton
From the jacket cover: “There is no woman with a worse reputation than Jezebel, the ancient queen who corrupted a nation and met one of the most gruesome fates in the Bible. But what if this version of her story is merely the one her enemies wanted us to believe? What if Jezebel, far from being a conniving harlot, was, in fact, framed?
In this remarkable biography, Lesley Hazleton shows exactly how the proud and courageous queen of Israel was vilified and made into the very embodiment of wanton wickedness by her political and religious enemies. The epic and ultimately tragic confrontation between the sophisticated Queen Jezebel and the harsh prophet Elijah pits tolerance against fundamentalism, and is, without exaggeration, the original story of the unholy marriage of sex, politics, and religion.”
Hazleton’s scholarship is impressive, and her detailed analysis of this story from the Book of Kings presents a solid foundation for her unique interpretation of this story.