In the three thousand years since this Phoenician princess came south to marry a king of Israel, her name has become synonymous with wanton sexuality — the harlot queen, the scheming seductress, the shameless painted hussy.
Now, a new book reaches back to save Jezebel from what it calls a smear job, and paints her as a kind of ancient heroine in the unfinished battle of tolerance versus fundamentalism.
This hour, On Point: reconsidering Jezebel, the Bible's harlot queen.Guests:
Lesley Hazleton, author of "Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen."
Claudia Camp, professor of religion, Texas Christian University.
This program aired on November 6, 2007.