Valley of Jezreel
- Place where Jehu slaughtered
the son of Ahab, took over Jezreel the city
(Jezebel dies), then had 70 descendants of King Ahab killed (2 Kings
- In an OT tension, while Elisha
anoints Jehu king, Hosea 1:4-5 considers the
slaughter of Ahab’s descendants abominable. Also, from a secular perspective, Jehu killed the “best and brightest” (not spiritually
but in terms of earthly things) of Israel
and in some ways led to a significant diminishment of Israel’s
power in the region.
Looking into the Valley from
the site of the city of Jezreel (Ahab’s southern palace). This is the direction from which Jehu would have approached Joram
the son of Ahab. Joram
and Ahaziah, king of Judah visiting, went out to meet Jehu, only to be pursued and killed by him.
The Jezreel Valley
from the vantage point of Mt. Carmel