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Elijah

Elijah (Hebrewאֱלִיָּהוּ, Eliyahu, meaning "My God is Yahweh"[1])[2] or Elias (/ɨˈl.əs/Greek: Ηλίας, ElíasLatinHeliasArabic:إلياس, Ilyās) was a famous prophet and a wonder-worker in the northern kingdom of Israel[3] during the reign of Ahab (9th century BC), according to the Biblical Books of Kings. According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Phoenician god Baal (which was considered as idol worship); he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind (either accompanied by a chariot and horses of flame or riding in it).[4] In the Book of Malachi, Elijah's return is prophesied "before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord,"[5] making him a harbinger of the Messiah and the eschaton in various faiths that revere the Hebrew Bible. Derivative references to Elijah appear in the TalmudMishnah, the New Testament and the Qur'an.

In Judaism Elijah's name is invoked at the weekly Havdalah ritual that marks the end of Shabbat, and Elijah is invoked in other Jewish customs, among them the Passover seder and the Brit milah (ritual circumcision). He appears in numerous stories and references in the Haggadah andrabbinic literature, including the Babylonian Talmud.

In Christianity the New Testament describes how both Jesus and John the Baptist are compared with Elijah and on some occasions thought by some to be manifestations of Elijah, and Elijah appears with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus.

In Islam the Qur'an describes Elijah as a great and righteous prophet of God and one who powerfully preached against the worship of Ba'al.

Elijah is also a figure in various folkloric traditions. In the Republic of MacedoniaSerbiaBulgariaRomania and Croatia he is known as 'Elijah the Thunderer' and in folklore is held responsible for summer stormshailrainthunder and dew.

Heroic Role

Elijah has confronted King Ahab and his wife Jezebel several times before their deaths in the hands of the armies and Jehu .  He has helped a widow and her son live their lives better in a small town with God, one night the boy felt ill and went to a coma, so Elijah used prayed to god and used God's healing power to bring the boy back, the boy was healed and back to life, putting a smile on his mother's face. He had a side kick named Elisha who helped him when ever he needed it.  Elijah tested the power of god against the cruel priests and their idol Baal on their sacrafises.  The people saw that God has more power than Baal, because Baal is an idol.  That angered Jezebel and now she wanted Elijah killed, forcing him back to the mountains where he hid and prayed to god.  God told Elijah that he would punish Ahab and the Phonecian princess.

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