Women of the Word: Athaliah

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Athaliah is mentioned several times in the Old Testament books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. According to the Jewish Women’s Archive, she is the only woman reported in the Bible as having reigned as a monarch within Israel/Judah. She was married to Jehoram until a disease took his life; then their son, Ahaziah, became king. He was king for one year before being killed in a dynastic struggle. After her son’s death, in an act of evil revenge, Athaliah set out to kill the rest of her royal family and grabbed the throne. She was queen for six years until her reign was overthrown in the Jerusalem temple. Athaliah lived a wicked life before God and here are three lessons we can take from her.

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