These influential women of the Bible impacted not only the nation of Israel but also eternal history. Some were saints; some were scoundrels. A few were queens, but most were commoners. All played a key role in the spectacular Bible story. Each woman brought her unique character to bear on her situation, and for this, we still remember her centuries later.
Jezebel: Vengeful Queen of Israel
Jezebel earned such a reputation for wickedness that even today her name is used to describe a deceitful woman. As the wife of King Ahab, she persecuted the prophets of God, especially Elijah. Her Baal worship and murderous schemes brought divine wrath down on her.
When God raised a man named Jehu to destroy idolatry, Jezebel’s eunuchs threw her off a balcony, where she was trampled by Jehu’s horse. Dogs ate her corpse, just as Elijah had foretold.