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Jehu, king of Israel (845–818 bce). Jehu founded a dynasty (Kingship in Israel) that ruled over the northern kingdom (Israel: I, II) for barely a century (845–747). According to 2 Kings 9f., Jehu exploited the wounding of King Joram in the battle with the Arameans to sieze power. Spurred on by a prophetic designation (2 Kgs 9:1–6; cf. 1 Kgs 19:16) and the acclamation of the officers of the army, he hurried to Jezreel, killed Joram and King Ahaziah of Judah who happened to be present, and had the queen mother Jezebel thrown out of the window. Thereby, he ended the domini…

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Thiel, Winfried, “Jehu”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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