TIL that the Omrides were a ruling dynasty of the biblical kingdom of Israel. The most notable Omride is King Ahab, whose wife was queen Jezebel. Their dynasty was ended when Jehu, an Israelite military commander, seized the throne and had all of king Ahab’s descendants and kin put to death.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omrides

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  1. The Mrs wanted to call our daughter Jezebel, thought it was a pretty name and I guess it is. I had to explain the biblical origins of the name, then I had to convince her that it really was common knowledge and people would most definitely draw the link. The having to convince her that people still linked the story to the name took me by surprise. I’m a bit of a sponge for random useless and obscure facts and she thought it was one of those instances.

  2. In addition to executing the House of Omri, Jehu ordered for queen Jezebel to be thrown from the window of her palace. He also ordered his men to kill all the worshippers of the god Baal once they were trapped in their temple.




  3. “Though the Bible claims that Jehu killed the last Omride king Jehoram and his ally King Ahaziah of Judah in a coup about 841 BCE, afterwards going on to destroy most remaining members of the House of Omri, archaeological evidence cast some doubt on this account. The author of the Tel Dan Stele (usually identified as King Hazael of Damascus (c.842–806 BCE)) appears himself to have claimed to have killed the two kings.

    In addition, the Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III of Assyria, usually dated to 841-840 BCE, names Jehu as a “son of Omri.”[12][13] (The reign of Jehu is usually given as 841–814 BCE.)”

    -This is the plot twist.
    Btw the image of Black Obelisk : https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/30/The_Black_Obelisk_of_Shalmaneser_III%2C_9th_century_BC%2C_from_Nimrud%2C_Iraq._The_British_Museum.jpg/300px-The_Black_Obelisk_of_Shalmaneser_III%2C_9th_century_BC%2C_from_Nimrud%2C_Iraq._The_British_Museum.jpg

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