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Elijah is referred to as a Tishbite (1 Kings 17:1). But what is a Tishbite? It’s likely that Elijah lived in a town called Tishbe (though we have no record of any such place) within the region of Gilead directly across the Jordan River from Samaria. (Source)
What was the significance of the 3 ½ year drought Elijah created?
Baal worship had become sadly common in Northern Israel thanks to Queen Jezebel’s wicked influence. In an effort to call the people to repentance Elijah told King Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there small not be dew nor rain, these years, but according to my word.” (1 Kings 17:1) Interestingly enough, one of Baal’s names was “Lord of Rain and Dew” (source). Elijah’s words were not just announcing a drought, but also a show of how powerless the fake god Baal was in the face of the God of Israel.
Elijah, Elisha, Elias? Do you ever get confused by all of these similar names? Here is a rundown of who they belong to:
Elias is also a title used for someone who is considered a “forerunner.” Bruce R. McConkie referred to every single prophet who brought priesthood keys to Joseph Smith as an “Elias.” In this way, John the Baptist can also be referred to as an Elias. (Source)
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