Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Elijah Ἐλίας
(1,878 words)

I. Name

Elijah = “Yahweh is God” (cf. 1 Kgs. 18.36, 1 Kgs. 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, Sir. 4, Sir. 12. On account of his ascension (2 Kgs. 2.11) he is considered to have been transferred to heavenly existence and accordingly his return could be expected (Mal. 3.23, Mal. 24).

II. Identity

Stories about men who have been transported bodily from the realm…

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C. Houtman, “Elijah Ἐλίας”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 19 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Elijah>



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