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Origin of the name AHAB.
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AHAB (אַחְאָב).  Biblical.  [Hebrew Ahhabh = "descended from a father's brother"].

    (1) A king of Israel, and son and successor of Omri.  He began to reign by the Hebrew chronology about 919 or 918 B.C., in the thirty-eighth year of Asa, king of Judah (1 Kings xvi. 29).  He married an idolatress of semi-masculine temperament, Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Zidonians, i.e. the people of Sidon.  Her great divinity was Baal (q.v.), and her husband being weak and irresolute, she ruled over him, and made him also a Baal-worshipper (30-33).  This was a revolution in the national religion of Israel.  When Jeroboam reared the two golden calves, he still desired to worship Jehovah nominally, using them as helps for the purpose.  But Ahab, under Jezebel's influence, wholly gave up the adoration of Jehovah.  Baal being not a fancied aid to his worship, but a rival god.  The intolerant Jezebel did not stop with Ahab's perversion, but attempted to force the whole people to adopt her faith, the prophets of Jehovah being sought out and slain.  Only a remnant escaped, being hidden in a cave by a high functionary, Obadiah.  Now, however, appeared the most formidable prophet known in the history of Israel, Elijah the Tishbite.  He was sent to Ahab to intimate the coming of three years of drought and attendant famine as the punishment of Ahab's sin.  When the three years were drawing to a close, Elijah, by the Divine command, again confronted Ahab, and demanded that the prophets of Baal and he should meet on the top of Mount Carmel and submit the question between them to a decisive test.  The meeting took place, and Jehovah having vindicated His prophet by sending fire from heaven to consume Elijah's sacrifice, his worshipper took the 450 prophets of Baal, and 400 prophets of "the groves" [Ashera], down to the brook Kishon, and slew them one and all.  Then praying that the drought might cease, rain was immediately sent.  The fury of the virago may be conceived on learning what had been done.  She uttered imprecations against herself if Elijah were alive "to-morrow about this time."  When the time arrived, the prophet, fearing for his life, was well on his way to the desert, from which he was Divinely brought back again to anoint as king of Israel Jehu, designed to be the relentless avenger on the house of Ahab of all the sins which it had committed.  Execution of the sentence was, however, delayed, for the cup of iniquity of Ahab and Jezebel was not yet full.  Soon, however, it was made full to overflowing by the affair of Naboth's vineyard [Naboth].  Some time prior to this Ahab had been allowed a victory over Benhadad II., king of Syria, and had permitted that potentate, who had been captured, to escape with a treaty, which he had no intention of keeping.  The war was soon renewed, and Ahab, taking advantage of a visit which Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, had made to him, proposed a joint expedition for the recovery of Ramoth Gilead, beyond Jordan.  The prophets of Baal spoke well of the enterprise.  Micaiah, the only prophet of Jehovah obtainable, foreboded the death of Ahab [Micalah], on which the man of doom resolved to go into the battle disguised, while proposing that the king of Judah should put on his royal robes, thus becoming the mark for every missile.  But no precaution could thwart the Divine prediction.  A certain man drew a bow at a venture and smote Ahab between the joints of his "harness," i.e. where the plates of his armour met.  The wound was mortal, he died that evening, and the siege of Ramoth Gilead was raised.  The chariot and armour were washed in the pool of Samaria, the dogs, as Elijah had predicted, licking his blood.  Jezebel also failed to escape her predicted doom [Jezebel].  By the Hebrew chronology, Ahab died after a reign of twenty-two years in B.C. 898, 897 or 896, and was succeeded by his son Ahaziah (1 Kings xvi. 29-xxii. 40; 2 Chron. xviii. 1-34).  An Assyrian inscription found at Kurkh, on the right bank of the Tigris, mentions "Akhabbu" (Ahab) in connection with a great battle at Karkor or Aroer in B.C. 853, between Shalmaneser II., king of Assyria, and the allied armies of Hadadezer or Benhadad II., king of Damascus, Ahab, king of Israel, and eleven other kings of less note.  Ahab's contingent consisted of 2,000 chariots and 10,000 infantry.  The Assyrian chronology places the death of Ahab in a year corresponding to 851 B.C.
    (2) A lying and immoral prophet, a son of Kolaiah.  Jeremiah predicted that Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, would roast him on the fire (Jer. xxix. 21-23). (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894).

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