The Legend of Elijah in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Literature: A Study in Comparative Religion

Author: Caspi, Mishael and Gerda Neu-Sokol
This work examines interpretations of Elijah in as an immortal being teaching the Law to the chosen ones.


“. . . a refreshing approach to the subject of the Prophet Elijah of Tishbe, and the reader’s sympathy with him and his plight as one close to God. Far from always getting that for which one wishes, as is often believed is the telos for one who believes fervently and believes that she is serving God faithfully, [the authors’] evaluation of the Elijah figure suggests parallels with Moses, Job, Jonah, and Jesus and their vicissitudes as they attempt to execute the word of God in the midst of those in whom God shows interest. . . . a valuable addition to 9th century B.C.E. prophetic studies and a welcome read.” – Prof. John T. Greene, Michigan State University

“[The authors’ have] given us a work on the Elijah traditions that demands the attention of all biblical scholars and especially students of Second Temple Judaism, Christian Origins, and Islamic perspectives on Hebrew Bible narratives.” – Prof. J. Harold Ellens, University of Michigan

Table of Contents

Foreword by John T. Greene
Preface Acknowledgements
1. Elijah in Judaic
2. Al-Khidhr: Elijah in Islamic Traditions
3. Jewish and Christian Visions of Elijah
4. Elijah in Russian: A Dialectical Perspective