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People: Elijah

Elijah

A miracle working Israelite prophet who opposed worship of Baal.

Background

Elijah lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the ninth century B.C. during the reign of Ahab and Jezebel. Elijah worked miracles such as restoring a dead boy to life.  He opposed the worship of the gods Baal and Astarte.  During a contest with the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel he called down fire from heaven to show God's power.  After the slaying of the priests of Baal he fled to Mount Horeb (Sinai) where God commanded him to foment a revolt in Israel.  After he chose Elisha to be his successor, a fiery chariot appeared and he was taken to heaven by a whirlwind.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus