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The Books Of Kings In The New Testament And The Apostolic Fathers

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Apart from the traditions about Elijah and Elisha, The Books of Kings have left few traces in the New Testament. The most important and most interesting use of these traditions is found in the gospels, but even outside them, Elijah and Elisha are those figures from The Books of Kings who seems to have influenced the authors of the New Testament the most. This chapter discusses the most important use of the Elijah- Elisha traditions in the gospels. It also discusses the messianism and the expectations of returning prophets during the first century CE. Finally, the chapter suggests that the traditions about Elijah-Elisha in the gospels may have been part of an ideological conflict between the Jesus movement and the followers of John the Baptist, that basically concerned the issue of who was the Messiah - and who was Elijah.

Keywords: Elijah; Elisha; Messiah; The Books of Kings



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