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Soft, beautiful, mysterious-sounding name.

Though Athalia is not presented favorably in the Bible, the name is infrequently used as a given name in contemporary Israel. Also, some Israeli Feminists advocate "reading the Bible backwards" and favoring the names of women characters whom the male compilers of the Bible regarded negatively.

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Hebrew name meaning "God is exalted."
Pronounced: ah-THAH-lee-ah or ath-uh-LAHY-uh (ah-thah-LIE-ah)

In the Old Testament, Athalia was a daughter of Ahab and Jezebel and a tyrannical usurper of the throne of Judah.

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