In the Old Testament, one of the most wicked and powerful kings of northern Israel. He married Jezebel, a Sidonian princess, through whose influence the worship of Baal and Ashtoreth was established in Israel (1 Kgs. 16:29–33; 2 Kgs. 3:2) and an attempt was made to do away with the prophets and the worship of Jehovah (1 Kgs. 18:13).