noun \i-ˈlī-jə\

Definition of ELIJAH

:  a Hebrew prophet of the ninth century b.c. who according to the account in I Kings championed the worship of Jehovah as against Baal

Origin of ELIJAH

Hebrew Ēlīyāh
First Known Use: 1587

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(flourished 9th century BC) Hebrew prophet. The Bible related that he denounced foreign cults and defeated 450 prophets of Baal in a contest on Mount Carmel. In doing so, he earned the enmity of King Ahab and his consort, Jezebel, who forced him to flee into the wilderness. Later he was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind, leaving behind his successor, Elisha. His insistence that only the God of Israel is entitled to the name of divinity expresses a fully conscious monotheism. He is also recognized as a prophet in Islam.

Variants of ELIJAH

Elijah or Elias Hebrew Eliyyahu


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