Dr. Bob Clegg

Topic: The Rehabilitation of Ahab

The authors of the Hebrew Bible portrayed King Ahab of Israel in almost mythical terms. As foil for the great prophet Elijah, Ahab comes off as a spineless loser and tool in the hands of his evil wife, Jezebel. Recent archeological digs and comparisons to ancient Assyrian inscriptions reveal Ahab not only as a real person, but also a strong military leader, shrewd diplomat, and statesman. The world view and context of Judean historians, who inaccurately reported Ahab’s life story 200+ years afterward, differed markedly from Ahab’s. This week, we’ll consider “ancient cancel culture,” with applications to our own thinking and choices.

Service will be held at 700 Yardley Dr. Prince Frederick, MD