Jezreel jĕz´rēĕl [key] [Heb.,=God sows].
City, ancient Palestine, in the plain of
, halfway from Megiddo to the Jordan, and mentioned in the Bible. Situated on land allotted to Issachar's tribe, Jezreel was a residence (9th cent. BC) of King Ahab, whose family was called the house of Jezreel. Jezreel came to describe the town's surrounding valley, which separates Galilee from Samaria.
In the Bible, town of Judah.
In the Book of Hosea, symbolic name for a son of Hosea.
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