- a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? b.c. I Kings 16–22.
- captain of the ship Pequod and tragic hero of Melville’s Moby Dick, obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale.
- 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)