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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

name of the great Old Testament prophet, from Hebrew Elijjah, literally "the Lord is God." The Greek form is Elias.


Elijah (, meaning "My God is Yahu / Jah") or Elias (; Elías; Syriac: Elyāe; Arabic: إلياس or إليا, Ilyās or Ilyā) was a prophet and a wonder-worker who operated in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab (9th century BC), according to the Books of Kings in the Hebrew Bible. According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Canaanite idol Baal. Yahweh also performed many miracles through Elijah, including raising the dead, bringing fire down from the sky, and taking the prophet up to heaven "by a whirlwind". The Book of Malachi prophesies Elijah's return "before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh", making him a harbinger of the Messiah and of the eschaton in various faiths that revere the Hebrew Bible. References to Elijah appear in the Mishnah and Talmud, the New Testament and the Quran.

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.

The Christian New Testament (Matthew 16:14 & Mark 8:28) describes how Jesus was thought by some to be John the Baptist, by others Elijah and by still others Jeremiah or "one of the prophets". Jesus makes it clear that John the Baptist is "the Elijah" (Matthew 11:14 & Matthew 17:11-12) who was promised to come in Malachi 4:5. This is also explained in Luke 1:16-17. Elijah appears with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus. Elijah is also a figure in various Christian folk traditions, often identified with earlier pagan thunder or sky gods.

The Qur'an and certain Islamic traditions describe Elijah as a great and righteous man of God who preached powerfully against the worship of Baal. Due to his importance to Muslims, Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Elijah has been venerated as the patron saint of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1752.

Elijah (oratorio)

Elijah , Op. 70, MWV A 25, is an oratorio written by Felix Mendelssohn. It premiered in 1846 at the Birmingham Festival. It depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, taken from the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Testament.

Elijah (disambiguation)

Elijah was a prophet in Israel in the 9th century BCE, mentioned in several holy books. Elias is the Greek equivalent.

Elijah may also refer to:

Elijah (musician)

Elijah is a Swiss based singer from Zurich. Singing and performing were his main passions since he was a child, and by the age of 18 he decided to become a reggae artist. He sings in Swiss German, English, and Italian.

Elijah's career got a big boost after his first album in 2007, which led to 200 concerts all over Europe. The next level was reached when he won the European Reggae Contest (ERC) in 2008 against several hundred competing artists and groups. Ever since he has been living the life of a young rising artist: working with musicians, travelling to Africa and Jamaica, and writing songs for his upcoming album.

Usage examples of "elijah".

The incident at Cana reminded him of the story of Elijah the prophet who had, centuries before, miraculously replenished the supply of oil and meal in a poor household.

Soon many of the priests and Levites joined in with the crowds, proclaiming Milner as the promised Elijah who, according to the prophecy, would come before the Messiah.

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Elijah and Harun al-Rashid eagerly pushed forward, everyone surging around him intent on not missing a word that fell from the lips of Melchizedek, legendary King of Jerusalem.

I wanted to know why Elijah, the neediest and most high-maintenance of all my Schnauzer siblings, was joining us for dinner.

According to Captain Elijah Carey, who was in the thick of it, Santini advised Mister Watson that the State of Florida would not give preemption papers to any citizen who had not paid his debts to society, said Watson better look out for his own business.

Abolitionist publisher Elijah Lovejoy, whose presses have twice been destroyed by proslavery rioters, is murdered by a mob in Alton, Illinois.

The speaker was the exuberant Colonel Elijah Hudson, who was ambling down the railbed as though he were merely taking a morning stroll.

Ye do not think upon Daniel and the bearer of the mess of boiled pottage, nor recollect Elijah who was delivered from hunger once in the desert by angels, again in the torrent by ravens, and again in Sarepta by the widow, through the divine bounty, which gives to all flesh their meat in due season.

Watson, assisted by his aforementioned associate Elijah Carey, and a plume hunter and moonshiner named Ed. Brewer.

In later days, Elijah Parish and David Osgood carried politics into their pulpits as boldly as their antislavery successors have done in times still more recent.

I was resolved to satisfy myself whether this ragged Elijah was really dogging us or not, and with that intent crossed the way with Queequeg, and on that side of it retraced our steps.

Watson, assisted by his aforementioned associate Elijah Carey, and a plume hunter and moonshiner named Ed.

Elijah won and promptly ordered the crowd of onlookers to kill the 850 Baalites.

Elijah won and promptly ordered the crowd of onlookers to kill the 800 Baalites.