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 (ā′hăb′) Ninth century bc.
King of Israel who, according to the Bible, accepted his wife Jezebel's worship of Baal, thereby incurring Elijah's wrath.


(Bible) Old Testament the king of Israel from approximately 869 to 850 bc and husband of Jezebel: rebuked by Elijah (I Kings 16:29–22:40)


(ˈeɪ hæb)

a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? B.C. I Kings 16–22.
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For several days after leaving Nantucket, nothing above hatches was seen of Captain Ahab. The mates regularly relieved each other at the watches, and for aught that could be seen to the contrary, they seemed to be the only commanders of the ship; only they sometimes issued from the cabin with orders so sudden and peremptory, that after all it was plain they but commanded vicariously.
I fear not thy epidemic, man, said Ahab from the bulwarks to Captain Mayhew, who stood in the boat's stern; come on board.
Mayhew having concluded his narration, Ahab put such questions to him, that the stranger captain could not forbear inquiring whether he intended to hunt the White Whale, if opportunity should offer.
And of course Starbuck, the Pequod's first mate and Ahab's chief antagonist, is now, inadvertently, one of the most frequently mentioned figures from literature.
AHAB has been the first company to file for a settlement under the new law, seeking to resolve the country's longest-running and largest debt dispute.
There is a long delay, amid disturbing rumors, before the crew meet Ahab, and Marlow must endure a perilous journey before he finally encounters the elusive Kurtz.
Furthermore, Melville tackles race as a rivalry through Ishmael's depiction of Ahab.
Thus, while modeling Rubashov, the anti-hero of Darkness at Noon, on some critical features of Ahab, Koestler, in his autobiographies, appears to sympathize with Ishmael's rejection of fanaticism and occasionally and self-consciously to assume Ishmael's lighthearted tone.
The Honourable Anthony Smellie QC (the Chief Justice) dismissed AHAB's $4 billion claim against the Companies due to AHAB's alleged constructive knowledge of Maan Al Sanea's fraud.
AHAB claimed that Maan Al-Sanea, who married into the family and managed AHAB's finance business, had engaged in unauthorised borrowing in the name of the Algosaibis.
Ismael, que significa Dios escucha, o Dios ha escuchado, es el personaje principal, precisamente el unico que logra evadir la muerte en medio de la obsesion desenfrenada de Ahab. La locura del capitan arrastra hacia la muerte a su tripulacion, justamente en lo que representa el desenfreno de este en pos de un objetivo.
trace of Ahab's idealistic and quixotically moral, albeit