Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Elijah Fed by an Angel.
Artist: BOL, Ferdinand
Date: 1660-63
Elijah (אֵלִיָּה 'Eliyah "Whose/my God is the Lord", Standard Hebrew Eliyyáhu), also Elias, is a prophet of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. His name has been variously translated as ""my God is Jehovah"", "Yah(u) is God"", "whose God is the Lord", "God the Lord", "the strong Lord", "God of the Lord", "my God is the Lord", and "the Lord is my God."

Elijah is first introduced in 1 Kings 17:1 as delivering a message from God to Ahab, king of Israel. He is sometimes known as "The Tishbite", being from the town of Tishbe.

Having delivered his message to Ahab, he retired at the command of God to a hiding-place by the brook Cherith, beyond Jordan, where he was fed by ravens. When the brook dried up God sent him to the widow of Zarephath, a city of Zidon, from whose scanty store he was supported for the space of two years. During this period the widow's son died, and was restored to life by Elijah (1 Kings 17:2-24).


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