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By Aharon Wiener

An in-depth mental examine of the Elijah determine because it was once interpreted by way of successive generations of Jewish students and thinkers, Wiener indicates how identical to Elijah embodied the hopes of the Jewish humans, laying off clean mild at the Elijah determine in Christianity and Islam.

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Jewish traditional exegetes add the psychologically interesting commentary that this letter was dictated by Elijah to one o f his disciples in a vision. A further most significant mention o f Elijah in the Bible occurs in the closing passages (3: 23-4) o f Malachi, the last o f the Jewish prophets, w h o lived at the beginning o f the fifth century, about a hundred years after the return o f the Israelites from the Babylo­ nian exile and the rebuilding o f the Temple in Jerusalem—about four hundred years after Elijah.

His love for mankind is repressed. It comes forth only once, in his 32 BPB 21 THE BIBLICAL RECORD OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH prayer for the widow's dead child. His autocratic summoning o f the judgment o f God, his challenging prayer for confirmation and also his later breakdown in the desert show his disposition and his vain attempt to surpass his human limitations. In psychological terms this implies inflation, identification with the divine. B u t at the same time, the harsh ascetic demands which Elijah makes on himself, and his blind merciless fanaticism, indicate a psychic insecurity which has to be covered up.

34 Thus the struggle o f the male-consciousness for its independence from the female-unconscious takes place on three corresponding levels. The image o f God as the spirit-father with his heroic son created by him in his likeness confronts the image o f the great chthonic mother-goddess with her 'son-lover'. The personal champions o f the deities w h o identify with them—on the one 23 THE BIBLICAL RECORD OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH hand Elijah, on the other Jezebel and Ahab—fight each other bitterly in the external world.

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