Elijah (Elijah the Tishbite)

(fl. 9th cent BCE)
   Israelite prophet. He prophesied during the reigns of Ahab and Ahaziah. He attempted to restore the purity of the worship of the God of Israel when Ahab's wife, Jezebel, introduced the cult of Baal into the country. In a contest with the prophets of Baal, he emerged victorious (I Kings 18). According to II Kings 2:1-11, Elijah did not die but was carried to heaven in a chariot of horses and fire. In the rabbinic tradition he is viewed as the harbinger of the Messiah. At the Passover seder a glass of wine is traditionally poured for him.

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  • Tishbite —    Elijah the prophet was thus named (1 Kings 17:1; 21:17, 28, etc.). In 1 Kings 17:1 the word rendered inhabitants is in the original the same as that rendered Tishbite, hence that verse may be read as in the LXX., Elijah the Tishbite of Tishbi… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Elijah — This article is about the prophet in the Hebrew Bible. For other uses, see Elijah (disambiguation). Prophet Elijah Elijah reviving the Son of the Widow of Zarephath by Louis Hersent Prophet, Apostle to Ah …   Wikipedia

  • ELIJAH — (Heb. אֵלִיָּהוּ, also אֵלִיָּה), Israelite prophet active in Israel in the reigns of ahab and Ahaziah (ninth century B.C.E.). In the opinion of some scholars, the designation the Tishbite of the inhabitants of Gilead (I Kings 17:1) supports the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Elijah —    Whose God is Jehovah.    1) The Tishbite, the Elias of the New Testament, is suddenly introduced to our notice in 1 Kings 17:1 as delivering a message from the Lord to Ahab. There is mention made of a town called Thisbe, south of Kadesh, but… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Tishbite — is a word used in the Bible to refer to Elijah (). Josephus, the Jewish historian (Ant. 8:13, 2), however, supposes that Tishbe was some place in the land of Gilead. It has been identified by some with el Ishtib, a place 22 miles due south of the …   Wikipedia

  • History of the Jews in Syria — Syrian Jews derive their origin from two groups: those who inhabited Syria from early times and the Sephardim who fled to Syria after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain (1492 C.E). There were large communities in Aleppo, Damascus, and Beirut… …   Wikipedia

  • 2 Kings 1 — 1 Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. 2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron… …   The King James version of the Bible

  • 1 Kings 21 — 1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of… …   The King James version of the Bible

  • biblical literature — Introduction       four bodies of written works: the Old Testament writings according to the Hebrew canon; intertestamental works, including the Old Testament Apocrypha; the New Testament writings; and the New Testament Apocrypha.       The Old… …   Universalium

  • 1 Kings 17 — 1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 2 And the word of the LORD came unto… …   The King James version of the Bible

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