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José Luis Sicre

Elijah, the Profit who rose up like Fire

1/24/2017

A Hebrew prophet from the ninth century BC, the figure of Elias represents “a period in the religious history of the people of Israel” that forms part of the evolution of Israeli prophetism and associates God with power and punishment, as the Emeritus Professor of the Pontificio Istituto Biblico of Rome José Luis Sicre points out. Considered by the Jewish and Christian religions as “God’s interpreter”, the miracles that Elias performs reflect the power of Yahweh (God of Israel) over the Phoenician god Baal. However, the biblical traditions about this prophet are complex and controversial.

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