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Ahab and Jezebel in Psalm 45

Ahab and Jezebel in Psalm 45 September 26, 2015

A recent post by Wil Gafney about sexuality and eroticism in the Bible made the suggestion that Psalm 45 is about King Ahab and Jezebel. It is an interesting suggestion, which I had probably read before but forgotten about – for instance, Claude Mariottini blogged about the possibility in 2007, and commentaries mention it as well. The psalm refers to the queen forsaking her own people, and to gifts from Tyre, and Jezebel is the only instance we know of in which a princess from that part of the world married an Israelite king.

This is a great example of different perspectives on events within the Bible. Read Psalm 45, and then if you haven’t read them, or haven’t read them in a while, read 1 Kings 16:29-2 Kings 9:37.

The psalm also gets applied to Jesus in the New Testament (Hebrews 1:8-9).

What do you think about the suggestion regarding the original context of the psalm as being for the wedding of Ahab and Jezebel? How would that change the way you read the psalm – or the Deuteronomistic History, for that matter?

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