By Keith Bodner

Elisha's Profile within the publication of Kings makes use of the instruments of literary feedback to learn the Elisha narrative as an necessary component to the Deuteronomistic background compiled within the aftermath of the Babylonian invasion and destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE.
From his investiture in I Kings 19 to his ultimate cameo in 2 Kings thirteen, Elisha the prophet has the most extensively-narrated careers in Israel's royal historical past. in the course of a very darkish and contested period the place the corrupt northern kings carry sway, Elisha enters the ideological battleground and boldly increases his voice and plays notable indicators to stem the tide of injustice and spiritual inconstancy. Empowered via a double part of his grasp Elijah's spirit, Elisha is a double agent who maintains the duty of dismantling the Omride dynasty. relocating among the foreign level and extra family locales, Elisha travels commonly and interacts with a number of characters from almost each socio-economic classification, vacationing international capitals and towns less than siege in addition to filthy rich houses and vague villages. With activities that diversity from feeding a large number to mind-reading and elevating the useless, Elisha's functionality eclipses that of his grasp and guarantees a long-lasting position in historic Israel's prophetic historical past.

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Fourth, there are some concluding thoughts on Elisha’s characterization as his story is complete. Although this book ends with a closing consideration of these areas, it would be wise to keep them in mind as we commence our journey. 1 The Apprentice The Elisha material occupies a prominent position between the division of the kingdom in 1 Kings 12 and the eventual demolition of Samaria recorded in 2 Kings 17. Owing to the political upheaval and ideological conflicts of this era, if one is going to embark on a careful reading of Elisha’s career, then several components of background data need to be considered.

Ben-Hadad is ill, and once more Elisha is offered immense riches by a foreigner; had he accepted every gift offered during his career, Elisha would have been the wealthiest prophet in charismatic history. But the king’s illness precipitates a most fateful conversation between Elisha and Hazael, and this dialogue—replete with misdirection, an awkward silence, and even a text-critical controversy—gives rise to regicide, and thus forms a crucial part of our analysis. The second textual sequence to be considered (2 Kings 9:1–3, and following) is the multifaceted affair of Jehu’s anointing.

Granting the assumption that numerous oxen and implements point to significant wealth, this scene also foreshadows the vicissitudes of wealth and poverty that will be seen at many points during Elisha’s prophetic career. Ranging from the gifts of kings to borrowed tools, wealth and poverty follow Elisha from start to finish. His advantageous background seems to anticipate how he will have different interactions with royal figures and prosperous citizens. Again, this is not so much a personality contrast with Elijah (who is pictured with only a single possession, his mantle), but rather the different role that each prophet will play in Israelite society and the surrounding nations.

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