Seven connections between Jezebel in Revelation 2.18-29 and the prostitute in Revelation 17-18 (Witherington)

Ben Witherington has a chart showing seven different parallels between Jezebel in Revelation 2 and Babylon in Revelation 17-18:

  1. In chapter two, Jezebel is a mother (Rev. 2.23) who engages in adultery and sexual immorality (20-22). The prostitute in chapter 17 is called a mother (Rev. 17.5) and engages in adultery (Rev. 17.2, 17.4).
  2. Both women are linked to character’s from Israel’s distant past: Jezebel in ch. 2 and Babylon in ch. 17.
  3. Both of them lead others astray (Rev. 2.20 and 18.23).
  4. Both are depicted as active agents rather than passive victims.
  5. Both are depicted as sexually active
  6. Both women eat food that defiles them: Jezebel eats food sacrificed to idols in Revelation 2.20 (implied), and the prostitute drinks human blood in Revelation 17.6.
  7. The destruction of both women is predicted (Rev. 2.22, 17.6).

Source: Ben Witherington, Revelation. (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 75.

1 Comment »

  1. Russ Weatherhead Said,

    September 22, 2019 @ 12:15 am

    Thanks for this great love of fellowship. Nothing beats sharing more in fellowship. Regarding the aforementioned women I see a direct correlation to EVE the deceived.
    Eve is a mother
    She is in a universal distant past of all.
    Eve is representative of the Character of Israel and relationship of fleshly Israel with God.
    Was she an adulterer?
    Was Eve an active agent?
    She ate food that defiles .
    She was punished as these two are.
    Has Eve got a connection to these two women.

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