|Athaliah BAT AHAB Queen of Judah (843-839BC)
(-Abt 835 B.C.)
Athaliah BAT AHAB Queen of Judah (843-839BC)
Queen of Judah (842/841-837/835BC)
She was the daughter of King Ahab of Israel and her marriage to Jehoram sealed a treaty between Israel and Judah.
She used her power in that role to establish the worship of Baal in Judah after Ahaziah was killed in a state visit to Israel along with the then-king of Israel, also named Jehoram, who was Athaliah's brother. Jehu assassinated them both in Yahweh's name and had Athaliah's entire extended family in Israel murdered.
Athaliah, as queen of Judah, had all possible successors to David executed except one. However, a grandson of hers named Joash escaped the purge and was raised in secret by the priest Jehoiada. Six years later, Athaliah was surprised when Jehoiada revealed Joash and proclaimed him king of Judah. She rushed to stop this rebellion, but was captured and executed.
The story of her actions is told in 2 Kings 8:25 - 11:16.
Athaliah married Jehoram- Joram BEN YEHOŠAFAT ha-David, King of Judah (849/848-842/841BC), son of Jehoshafat (Yehošafat) BEN ASA ha-David, King of Judah (873/870-849/848BC) and Malkiya BAT ABIUD. (Jehoram- Joram BEN YEHOŠAFAT ha-David, King of Judah (849/848-842/841BC) died about 841 b.c..)