Elias / Elijah

Elias is a prophet mentioned briefly in the Qur'an (Q 6:86, 37:123-132).  He is identified with the Biblical prophet Elijah, who fiercely opposed a king of Israel named Ahab (reigned ca. 869-850 B.C.E.).  See I Kings 16:31 - II Kings 2:18.  In the Biblical account, Ahab promoted the worship of Baal, a Phoenician storm God responsible for bringing seasonal rains.  Elijah predicted a three-year drought, thus defying Baal's ability to bring rain.  At the end of the three years he challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest, to see whether Baal or the LORD (Yahweh) would send fire to burn up an offering.


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