RELIGIOUS FIGURE

Elijah

1000 BC - 900 BC

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Elijah ( il-EYE-jə; Hebrew: אֵלִיָּהוּ, romanized: ʾĒlīyyāhū, meaning "My God is Yahweh/YHWH"; Greek form: Elias /eːˈlias/) was a Jewish prophet and a miracle worker who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Ahab (9th century BC), according to the Books of Kings in the Hebrew Bible. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah defended the worship of the Hebrew God over that of the Canaanite deity Baal. God also performed many miracles through Elijah, including resurrection, bringing fire down from the sky, and entering heaven alive "by fire." He is also portrayed as leading a school of prophets known as "the sons of the prophets." Following his ascension, Elisha, his disciple and most devoted assistant, took over his role as leader of this school. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elijah has received more than 6,521,014 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Elijah is the 22nd most popular religious figure (up from 23rd in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Israel (up from 9th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Elijah is most famous for his confrontation with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.

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  • 3.39

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Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES

Among religious figures, Elijah ranks 22 out of 3,187Before him are Aaron, Pope John Paul II, Francis of Assisi, Saint George, Andrew the Apostle, and Isaac. After him are John Calvin, Ali, Samson, Mary Magdalene, Matthew the Apostle, and Abu Bakr.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1000 BC, Elijah ranks 1After him are Queen of Sheba, Nathan, Jeroboam, Shoshenq I, Asa of Judah, Abijah of Judah, Devadatta, King Elah, Baasha of Israel, Nadab of Israel, and Ashurnasirpal II. Among people deceased in 900 BC, Elijah ranks 1After him are Uzziah, Omri, Abiathar, Hazael, Tukulti-Ninurta II, King Gong of Zhou, Agis I, Ben-Hadad I, Hadadezer, Mattan I, and Marduk-zakir-shumi I.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Elijah ranks 6 out of 466Before him are Jesus (-4), Mary, mother of Jesus (-100), Saint Joseph (-100), John the Baptist (-20), and Isaac (-1900). After him are Ramesses II (-1303), Josephus (37), Samson (-1118), Mary Magdalene (-10), Matthew the Apostle (10), and Mahmoud Abbas (1935).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In Israel

Among religious figures born in Israel, Elijah ranks 6Before him are Jesus (-4), Mary, mother of Jesus (-100), Saint Joseph (-100), John the Baptist (-20), and Isaac (-1900). After him are Samson (-1118), Mary Magdalene (-10), Matthew the Apostle (10), Jonah (-850), Isaiah (-800), and Saul (-1079).