High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Omri (Hebrew: , Modern Omri Tiberian Omrî; short for Hebrew: , Modern Omriyya Tiberian Omriyy h ; "The Lord is my life") was king of Israel and father of Ahab. William F. Albright has dated his reign to 876 869 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates of 888 BC to 880 BC for his rivalry with Tibni and 880 874 BC for his sole reign. He was "commander of the army" for Elah when Zimri slew Elah and made himself king. The troops at Gibbethon chose instead to elect Omri as king, and he led them to Tirzah where they trapped Zimri in the royal palace, and where Zimri died (1 Kings 16:15-19).