Scholars generally identify 1 and 2 Kings as part of the Deuteronomistic History, attributed either to a single author or to a group of authors and editors collectively known as the Deuteronomist.
One of the main purposes of the entire Deuteronomistic History, which includes the seven books from Deuteronomy through 2 Kings, is to explain Israel’s fate in terms of its apostasy.
This ancient queen has been denounced as a murderer, prostitute and enemy of God, and her name has been adopted for lingerie lines and World War II missiles alike. In recent years, scholars have tried to reclaim the shadowy female figures whose tales are often only partially told in the Bible.
Rehabilitating Jezebel’s stained reputation is an arduous task, however, for she is a difficult woman to like.
But her character might not be as dark as we are accustomed to thinking.