Elijah

[ih-lahy-juh]

Origin of Elijah

From the Hebrew word ēliyyāh literally, my God is Yahweh
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Elijah

noun
  1. Old Testament a Hebrew prophet of the 9th century bc, who was persecuted for denouncing Ahab and Jezebel. (I Kings 17–21: 21; II Kings 1–2:18)
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Elijah

name of the great Old Testament prophet, from Hebrew Elijjah, literally "the Lord is God." The Greek form is Elias.

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elijah in Culture

Elijah

[(i-leye-juh)]

A prophet of the Old Testament, who opposed the worship of idols and incurred the wrath of Jezebel, the queen of Israel, who tried to kill him. He was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire.

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