viewing the death of jezebel 305 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2002 Biblical Interpretation 10, 3 Also available online – www.brill.nl NEGOTIATING THE FRAME FOR VIEWING THE DEATH OF JEZEBEL JUDITH E. M c KINLAY University of Otago The image stays in my mind, that final glimpse of Jezebel, stand- ing at her window, her eyes painted, her hair so carefully arranged, a woman fit for the gaze of the world (2 Kgs 9:30), only to lie shattered a mere five verses later, a scattered skull, feet and the palms of her hands all that will remain of her (2 Kgs 9:35). Those of us who read biblical texts have become used to deaths, from the murder of Abel onwards, but a death, an ending, like this still has the power to jolt. Who is this Jezebel? Why does she attract “such visceral hostility” from the narrator? 1 What am I seeing in this framing of Jezebel inscribed in such heavy strokes on the pages of my Bible? As I negotiate some understanding and search for a frame that will make sense of what I am seeing in this text, I am mindful of Susan Suleiman’s observation that
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Published: Jan 1, 2002
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