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Elijah the Prophet
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I. Old Testament – II. Judaism – III. New Testament – IV. Christianity

I. Old Testament

Elijah, an Israelite prophet in the 9th century bce, was from transjordanian Tishbe in Gilead (not yet located with certainty); consequently, he bore the nickname “the Tishbite,” but only rarely the title “prophet.” He appeared in the Northern Kingdom and was active under kings Ahab (871–852) and Ahaziah (852–851). He is said not to have died but to have been taken up by God to heaven.

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Thiel, Winfried, Necker, Gerold, Böcher, Otto and Hennings, Ralph, “Elijah the Prophet”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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