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Elijah ( il-EYE-jə; Hebrew: אֵלִיָּהוּ, romanized: ʾĒlīyyāhū, meaning "My God is Yahweh/YHWH"; Greek form: Elias il-EYE-əs) was, according to the Books of Kings in the Hebrew Bible, a prophet and a miracle worker who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Ahab (9th century BCE). 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elijah has received more than 5,255,156 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 78 in 2019). Elijah is the 22nd most popular religious figure (down from 17th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Israel (down from 5th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

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

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Among religious figures, Elijah ranks 22 out of 2,238Before him are Francis of Assisi, Aaron, Isaac, Saint George, Saint Joseph, and Andrew the Apostle. After him are John Calvin, Ali, Abu Bakr, Matthew the Apostle, Saint Barbara, and Samson.

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

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Among people born in Israel, Elijah ranks 9 out of 430Before him are Solomon (-1011), John the Baptist (-20), Ramesses II (-1303), Isaac (-1900), Saint Joseph (-100), and Andrew the Apostle (-6). After him are Matthew the Apostle (10), Samson (-1118), Jonah (-850), Saint Stephen (1), Herod the Great (-73), and Judas Iscariot (50).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Elijah ranks 8Before him are Mary, mother of Jesus (-100), Solomon (-1011), John the Baptist (-20), Isaac (-1900), Saint Joseph (-100), and Andrew the Apostle (-6). After him are Matthew the Apostle (10), Samson (-1118), Jonah (-850), Saint Stephen (1), Judas Iscariot (50), and Saul (-1079).