Bible Names A-G
Elijah in Wikipedia
(pronounced /ɨˈlaɪdʒə/) or Elias (pronounced /ɨˈlaɪ.əs/)
(Hebrew: אליהו, Eliyahu; Arabic:إلياس, Ilyās), whose name
(El-i Jahu) means "Jehovah is my God," was a prophet in
Israel in the 9th century BCE. He appears in the Hebrew
Bible, Talmud, Mishnah, New Testament, and the Qur'an.
According to the Books of Kings, Elijah raised the dead,
brought fire down from the sky, and ascended into heaven in
a whirlwind (accompanied by chariots, not in one). In the
Book of Malachi, Elijah's return is prophesied "before the
coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord," making
him a harbinger of the Messiah and the eschaton in various
faiths that revere the Hebrew Bible.
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 and rabbinic
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