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a prophet recorded in the books of Kings known for performing miracles and challenging the priests of Ba'al to a contest on Mount Carmel. The Tanakh does not record his death but reports that he ascended into heaven.

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Who anointed Hazael as king of Aram?

1 Kings 19:15-16 NASB 15 The Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; 16 and Jehu the son of ...
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Why אכילה instead of אכל in 1 Kings 19:8?

1 Kings 19:8 ויקם ויאכל וישתה וילך בכח ׀ האכילה ההיא ארבעים יום וארבעים לילה עד הר האלהים חרב (KJV) And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and ...
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In 2 Kings 4:38-41 why did the prophets of Gilgal still put poison or death (Hades) in the pot after Elijah's and Elisha's reformation?

These were no ordinary prophets, they were rigorously schooled in the prophetic. How come trained prophets under the calibre of Elijah and Elisha still had no discernment between the precious and the ...
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Sequence of anointing in God's instructions to Elijah

What spiritual significance is attached to the sequence in which God instructs Elijah to anoint first Hazael, then Jehu then Elisha? (1 Kings 19:15-16) Why a heathen king of Syria first, before two of ...
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How should John 3:13 be understood in view of the OT statements about Enoch and Elijah?

How should John 3:13 be understood in view of the OT statements about Enoch and Elijah? John 3:13 states: No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of ...
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Water in Elijah's trench

How much water do you think could be contained in Elijah's trench around the altar in 1Kings 18:32? The NIV text says two seahs of seed or 15 litres according to the footnote but that doesn't seem ...
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Why wasn't Elijah's credibility affected after unclean birds (ravens) fed him for so long?

1 Kings:17.1 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. "And it will be that you shall ...
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In 1 Kings 18:22 and 19:10 why does Elijah say he is the only prophet left?

The devout believer in YHWH Obadiah has informed Elijah in 1 Kings 18 that he has hidden 100 prophets in caves: KJV 1Ki 18:13  Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of ...
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Is there a difference in the manner by which Jesus, Elijah, and Enoch went to heaven?

I am building on a previous question located here. I am not satisfied with the answers to the question and want to ask specifically if the text describing the manner in which Enoch and Elijah went to ...
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In 1 Kings 19:2, could Jezebel have been putting a death hex on Elijah?

In 1 Kings 19:2, the passage says: 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow ...
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Was Ba'al relieving himself?

In 1 Kings 18:27, Elijah is recorded as mocking the servants of Ba'al. In this speech as it is recorded in the ESV, Elijah suggests that Ba'al may be indisposed answering nature's call. And at ...
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In 1 Kings 18:40 why did Elijah move Baal's prophets to the Kishon river before killing them?

In 1 Kings 18:40, Elijah has the Baal prophets (about 450 of them) taken from Mt Carmel to the brook Kishon to be killed. Why take them there? Why not kill them at the mountain? Is there some ...
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What is the meaning of Elijah's reply to Elisha in 1 Kings 19:20?

1 Kings 19:19-21 tells the story of Elisha’s appointment as a successor to Elijah. In verse 19, Elisha is found ploughing with 12 yoke of oxen, and Elijah throws his cloak on him. Two related ...
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Was Elijah REALLY taken to Heaven?

Some argue that Elijah died and was not really taken into heaven because John 3:13 says that "no man hath ascended to heaven". John 3:13 (KJV) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that ...
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Why does John the Baptist deny being “Elijah”?

So Malachi rather cryptically ends with “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children,...
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Did Elijah break the Torah by encountering ravens and/or failing to appear at Jerusalem?

Elijah is fed by "ravens" (1Ki 17:1-7), an unclean animal (Lev 11, Deut 14). Assuming he did not touch the ravens, but that the ravens had simply brought him the food - would that be against the law, ...
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What time was the evening sacrifice in 1 Kings 18:27?

Evening sacrifice "At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be ...
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Was Elijah decommissioned as a prophet at Horeb?

After his confrontation with the prophets of Baal, Elijah flees to Horeb and petitions the Lord: “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, ...
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In 1 Kings 17:4-6 is Elijah fed by ravens or Arabians?

A couple of commentaries mention that scholars dispute that Elijah was fed by ravens and instead think the word in 1 Kings 17:4-6 ought to be translated black arabs or perhaps "Orbites, i.e., ...
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What is the purpose of Elijah's travels?

At the beginning of 2 Kings 2, Elijah travels from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to the Jordan before being taken up in the whirlwind. Elisha then mostly reverses this course crossing back over the ...
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Why does Mark mention Elijah before Moses?

In the transfiguration narrative in Matthew and Luke, the narrators mention Moses first and then Elijah second: Matthew 17:3 (NIV empahsis mine) Just then there appeared before them Moses and ...
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What do the days of Obadyahu's youth concern us?

I Kings 18 contains an extended dialogue between Obadyahu (Obadyah in the translations) and Elijah. Verse 12, (NIV) states: I don’t know where the Spirit of the Lord may carry you when I leave you. ...
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What and where is the Kerith ravine?

I Kings 17:2-4 (NIV) Reads: Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ...
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Why was Elijah so afraid of Jezebel that he fled immediately after performing a great miracle?

In 1 Kings 18, verse 16 onwards we read that Elijah performed a miracle. He prays to God and brings fire down from heaven to consume the sacrifice. He is shown as a courageous prophet who is not ...