Death of Jezebel


In chapter 6 of Murder at the Gardner, we see Catherine Rule restoring a 15th century tapestry of Jezebel being thrown to the dogs. She admits to Homer Kelly, "Oh, they loved bloodthirsty stories in those days. A nice gory tapestry wa their version of a police show or a thriller." (47)

In the Old Testament, Jezebel was married King Ahab, converting him from worshipping Yahweh, the God of Israel, to the Phonecian god, Baal. She uses her position as queen to lead the Hebrews into worshipping other gods and sexual permisiveness. Through centuries, cultures have utilized the name Jezebel as a symbol of paganism, manipulation, and promiscuity.


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Death of Jezebel by Gustave Dore

2 Kings ix, 30-37

And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?

And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses and he trod her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: and the carcass of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.


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from "The Bible in Pictures" by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, ca. 1860.