Elijah (I-li´juh)

An Israelite prophet in the times of kings Ahab and Ahaziah, during the first half of the ninth century BCE. Elijah is the protagonist of four stories in the books of Kings. In (1Kgs 16:29-19:18), Elijah declares a drought to punish the nation for its idolatry. In (1Kgs 21), Ahab is confronted by Elijah following his murder of Naboth. In (2Kgs 1:2-2:17), Elijah offers prophecies of doom concerning Ahaziah. And, finally, a fourth story dealing with Elijah (1Kgs 19:19-21; 2Kgs 2:1-18) relates his ascension into heaven along with an account of how Elisha became his servant and successor. In the NT, Elijah is identified in the popular mind with Jesus (Mark 6:15; Mark 8:28), but Jesus identified John the Baptist as Elijah, who was to return and restore all things (Mark 9:12; Mal 3:1).

1Kgs 16:29-19:18

Ahab Reigns over Israel
29In the thirty-eighth year of King Asa of Judah, Ahab son of Omri began to reign over Israel; Ahab son of Omri reigned over Israel in S ... View more

1Kgs 21

Naboth's Vineyard
1Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria.2And Ahab s ... View more

2Kgs 1:2-2:17

2Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay injured; so he sent messengers, telling them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the g ... View more

1Kgs 19:19-21

Elisha Becomes Elijah's Disciple
19So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and ... View more

2Kgs 2:1-18

Elijah Ascends to Heaven
1Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.2Elijah said t ... View more

Mark 6:15

15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”

Mark 8:28

28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

Mark 9:12

12He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings a ... View more

Mal 3:1

The Coming Messenger
1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of ... View more

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