Ahab in Easton's Bible Dictionary
father's brother. (1.) The son of Omri, whom he succeeded as
seventh king of Israel. His history is recorded in 1
16-22. His wife was Jezebel (q.v.), who exercised a
influence over him. To the calf-worship introduced
he added the worship of Baal. He was severely
Elijah (q.v.) for his wickedness. His anger was on
kindled against the prophet, and he sought to kill
undertook three campaigns against Ben-hadad II.,
Damascus. In the first two, which were defensive, he
complete victory over Ben-hadad, who fell into his
was afterwards released on the condition of his
the cities of Israel he then held, and granting
concessions to Ahab. After three years of peace, for
Ahab renewed war (1 Kings 22:3) with Ben-hadad by
city of Ramoth-gilead, although the prophet Micaiah
that he would not succeed, and that the 400 false
encouraged him were only leading him to his ruin.
imprisoned for thus venturing to dissuade Ahab from
Ahab went into the battle disguised, that he might
escape the notice of his enemies; but an arrow from
a bow "drawn
at a venture" pierced him, and though stayed up in
for a time he died towards evening, and Elijah's
Kings 21:19) was fulfilled. He reigned twenty-three
Because of his idolatry, lust, and covetousness,
referred to as pre-eminently the type of a wicked
king (2 Kings
8:18; 2 Chr. 22:3; Micah 6:16).
(2.) A false prophet referred to by Jeremiah (Jer.
whom nothing further is known.