Is the Label 'Jezebel' a Compliment?

Joking about The Prayer of Jabez, Russell Moore of Touchstone Magazine said, “that the feminist revisionists would respond with their own small devotional volume: The Prayer of Jezebel.” On Friday, he reported the book’s release.

Fortress Press, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has announced the publication of The Jezebel Letters, which “combines top-notch biblical scholarship with a fictionalized first-person account of the biblical character.” According to the Fortress press release, the book “transforms the stereotype of the notorious biblical queen into a more historically based portrayal of a powerful, literate royal woman.”

You may have gotten a bad impression of Jezebel from the Biblical account, but this book argues that the facts are “she was ‘the urbane and thoughtful Queen of Israel who gives voice to her efforts and those of her family in guiding Israel through one of its most challenging, and least understood, periods.'”

Fortress Press, where the truth is what we make her.


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