Elijah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
(1) The great prophet of the times of Ahab, king of Israel.
Elijah is identified at his first appearance (1 Ki 17:1) as
"Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the sojourners of Gilead."
Thus his native place must have been called Tishbeh. A Tishbeh
(Thisbe) in the territory of Naphtali is known from Tobit 1:2;
but if (with most modern commentators) the reading of the
Septuagint in 1 Ki is followed, the word translated
"sojourners" is itself "Tishbeh," locating the place in Gilead
and making the prophet a native of that mountain region and
not merely a "sojourner" there.
I. The Works of Elijah.
In 1 Ki 16:29-34 we read of the impieties of Ahab, culminating
in his patronage of the worship of the Tyrian Baal, god of his
Tyrian queen Jezebel (1 Ki 16:31). 1 Ki 16:34 mentions as
another instance of the little weight attached in Ahab's time
to ancient prophetic threatenings, the rebuilding by Hiel the
Bethelite of the banned city of Jericho, "with the loss" of
Hiel's eldest and youngest sons. This is the situation which
calls for a judgment of Yahweh, announced beforehand, as is
often the case, by a faithful prophet of Yahweh...
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