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“My God is Yhwh”: The Composition of the Elijah Stories in 1–2 Kings

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No character in the Hebrew Bible shows greater durability than Elijah. He is well remembered in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam for his wondrous deeds, his opposition to Baalism, his translation to heaven, and his role as the herald of the coming day of Yahweh. This chapter discusses how recent text-critical and composition-critica research has refined our understanding of the origins and development of the stories about Elijah in the Hebrew Bible. Stories about Elijah in the Hebrew Bible are limited to six chapters of the book of Kings: 1 Kgs 17-19; 21; 2 Kgs 1-2. The Elijah stories and the Elisha stories share obvious affinities. The nature of their relationship is undoubtedly complex. Methodologically, study of the Elijah tales illustrates the importance of the collaboration of different methods and especially the use of textual criticism as an empirical guide and corrective to form- and composition criticism.

Keywords: book of kings; Christianity; Elijah Stories; Elisha stories; Hebrew Bible; Islam



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