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Morrish Bible Dictionary
1. Descendant of Benjamin. 1 Chronicles 8:26 .
2. Father of Jeshaiah who returned from exile. Ezra 8:7 .
3. Daughter of Jezebel and Ahab, and granddaughter of Omri (cf. 2 Kings 8:26 with ver. 18), wife of Jehoram king of Judah. She may be said to have introduced the worship of Baal into Judah, and she brought up her son to follow in her evil ways. 2 Chronicles 22:3 . He having been slain by Jehu when he was executing judgement on the house of Ahab, Athaliah usurped the throne and endeavoured to destroy all the seed royal. One child, Joash, was concealed in the temple, and after Athaliah had reigned six years, he was anointed king and crowned; Athaliah was taken outside the enclosures of the temple and slain, B.C. 878. The temple and idol of Baal were at once destroyed, and the priest slain. The history is a solemn instance of the danger of an unholy alliance. 2 Kings 11:1-20; 2 Chronicles 23:12-21 .
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Athaliah'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​mbd/​a/athaliah.html. 1897.