Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Athaliah (2 Kings 11:1-3).

Now when Athaliah, Ahaziah’s mother, saw that her son was dead, she set about to destroy all the royal family. But Jehosheba, King Joram’s daughter, Ahaziah’s sister, took Joash son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s children who were about to be killed; she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Thus she hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not killed; he remained with her for six years, hidden in the house of the Lord, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

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  • ohiolibrarian

    I guess mass-murdering your own grandchildren is a Biblical family value.

  •  It was certainly a Biblical family value. Not sure it was the standard one. Athaliah isn’t exactly presented as someone to emulate.


  • EllieMurasaki

    Yeah. The Matthew genealogy, the one that goes through Solomon and all his kingly descendants rather than through another son of David’s like the genealogy in Luke? Skips Athaliah’s son. And grandson. And great-grandson. Matthew says Athaliah’s husband is the father of his great-great-grandson.
    (Wikipedia says naming girls Athaliah is a thing Israeli feminists do, precisely because she was treated so poorly in the Tanakh. Cool.)

  • Lori

    Treated poorly? Is it their contention that she didn’t set out to kill the whole royal family or that she was justified in trying to kill the whole royal family? Either way I’m not sure I’m grasping the feminist principle. I think Lizzie Borden probably  got a raw deal, but I wouldn’t name my daughter after her.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I don’t know anything more than Wikipedia says, which I have already relayed in full. Anyway, it is not as though people find King David an objectionable person to name their sons after, and his body count’s higher.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Come to think, that might be the point. Athaliah’s behavior wasn’t worse than David’s. Except in how it has to have been worse because she’s female and he’s not.

  • Lori

    I wouldn’t name my son after King David either. I really wouldn’t name my daughter after an attempted family annihilater just to protest the fact that other people do name their sons after King David. This is probably just one of those things I’m not going to get.