Elijah the Prophet
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A miracle-worker and prophet during the reigns of Ahab and Ahaziah, kings of Israel (ninth century bc); known for his opposition to Baal worship and his ascent into heaven. Elijah is an important figure in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ELIJAH (PERSON) [Heb ʾēlı̂yâ (אֵלִיָּה)]. Four persons in the Hebrew Bible bear this name. Three of these persons appear in postexilic lists (see #2–4 below). The most famous “Elijah” was the prophet who was active in N Israel around the middle of the 9th century b.c.e. (see #1 below).1. The stories
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Elijah. 1. Ninth-century bc prophet of Israel. Elijah’s name means “my God is the Lord”—appropriate for a stalwart opponent of Baal worship. The Scriptures give no information regarding his family background except that he was a Tishbite who probably came from the land of Gilead on the east bank of the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. The Prophet. I. IntroductionA. Elijah the ManB. Circumstances of His MinistryC. Primary Sources II. Elijah’s MinistryA. Baal ChallengedB. Judgment on Ahab and Jezebel AnnouncedC. Elijah and AhaziahD. Elijah’s TranslationE. A Letter to Jehoram III. In the Latter Prophets IV. In the Intertestamental
Gilgal (of Samaria)
2. The Gilgal of Elijah and Elisha has been identified by some scholars with 1; but the description of the journey of these prophets to Transjordan by way of Bethel and Jericho (2 K. 2:1–8) suggests the existence of another Gilgal in the hill country above Bethel. Today a Jiljûlieh does exist, about
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ELIJAH1. Ninth-century bc prophet of Israel. Elijah’s name means “my God is the Lord”—appropriate for a stalwart opponent of Baal worship. The Scriptures give no information regarding his family background except that he was a Tishbite who probably came from the land of Gilead on the east bank of the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Elijah (i-li´juh, Heb., “my God is the Lord”), an Israelite prophet in the time of kings Ahab and Ahaziah, during the first half of the ninth century bce. Elijah is the protagonist of four stories in the book of Kings. The stories (often called “the Elijah cycle”) are thought to have circulated separately
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Elijah and the widow’s son. Stained glass, early sixteenth century Flemish. MMELIJAH1. Elijah the prophet, whose name means “Yahweh is God,” was active during the reigns of Ahab and Ahaziah in the northern kingdom (c. 875–850 b.c.). The account of his ministry begins in 1 Kgs 17 and concludes with
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ELIJAH. The 9th-century prophet of Israel. His name appears in the Heb. OT as ’ēlîyyâhû and ’ēlîyyâ, in the Gk. OT as Ēleiou, and in the NT as Ēleias. The name means ‘Yah is El’ or ‘Yahweh is God’.Apart from the reference to Elijah in 1 Ki. 17:1 as ‘the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead’, no information
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gilgal (Heb. gilgāl)1. A place “opposite” Mts. Gerizim and Ebal. Deut. 11:30 describes it as both “in the land of” the Canaanites dwelling in the Arabah (which could refer to Gilgal near Jericho) and “beside” the oaks of Moreh (which would indicate another Gilgal near Shechem).2. A place E of Jericho
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Elijah [ĭ līˊjə] (Heb. ˒elîyāhû, ˒ēlîyâ “my God is Yahweh”; Gk. Ēleias).
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
ELIJAH אליהו, אליה, Ἠλ(ε)ίαςI. Elijah = “Yahweh is God” (cf. 1 Kgs 18:36, 37) is the name (surname?) of an Israelite prophet (9th century bce), and occurs 68 times in the OT (62x in 1 Kgs-2Kgs 2), 29 times in the NT and further in 1 Macc 2:58; Sir 48:1, 4, 12. On account of his ascension (2 Kgs 2:11)
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Elijah and Elisha
Elijah and elishaElijah and Elisha were two great prophets (see Prophets and Prophecy) of Israel*. The memory of their ministries and miraculous activity led to the expectation that the period of the end would bring a rebirth of their divinely inspired labor. Each of these figures can be examined with