Catholic Dictionary




The son of Omri, Ahab succeeded his father as King of Israel, ruling for twenty-two years during the ninth century before Christ (I Kings 16:29). He antagonized ardent Israelites by allowing his wife's religion, the Baal cult, to flourish during his Samaria, even participating in the pagan worship himself (I Kings 16:31-33). The prophet Elijah accurately foretold a drought afflicting the kingdom which lasted for three years (I Kings 17:1). Moreover, his wife, Jezebel, had may of Yahweh's prophets murdered (I Kings 18:4). Subsequently, in a battle against the Assyrians, Ahab was fatally wounded (I Kings 22:34-35).