Elijah Vs. Elisha

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Elijah vs. Elisha Elijah and Elisha are both prominent figures in the Book of Kings. They possess many differing characteristics that create a contrasting for the image of a prophet of Israel. Who were these prophets of Israel, where did they come from, what were they like as people and what did they do? To be able to accurately compare both Elijah and Elisha we first must establish how the two are similar. Both Elijah and Elisha were appointed by God to be the leading prophet of Israel. In addition, Elijah and Elisha were both empowered by God with extraordinary abilities. Their time as prophets of Israel were categorized by their remarkable miracles, Elijah performed a miracle regarding the judgment of apostasy whereas Elisha performed a similar miracle where he restored the faithful. Both had very unusual departures from life on Earth. Elijah was brought up to heaven in a fiery chariot from the Jordan, while Elisha's bones revived life into a corpse. Elijah is first introduced in the Book of Kings as “Elijah the Tishbite,” this name can be interpreted as “stranger” although it is more specifically defined as an indication of Elijah’s birthplace of Tishbe in Gilead. Elijah was the prophet of in the Kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab, dating back to the 9th century. Elijah’s name translates to “Yahweh is my God,” this name may have appeared because Elijah challenged the worship of Baal and thus defended the worship of Yahweh as his only God. There is not much background given for Elijah in the Book of Kings. Although we do know that Elijah came from rustic Gilead beyond the Jordan River, and was in all probability from an underprivileged home. Elijah challenges Baal, who was the Canaanite god that controlled precipitation, thunder and lighting. Elijah defends Yahweh and states, “as the Lord of God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall
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