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Elisha's Profile in the Book of Kings: The Double Agent

Keith Bodner


From his investiture in 1 Kings 19 to his final cameo in 2 Kings 13, Elisha the prophet has one of the most extensively narrated careers in Israel’s royal history. During a particularly dark and contested era where the corrupt northern kings hold sway, Elisha enters the ideological battleground and boldly raises his voice and performs remarkable signs to stem the tide of injustice and religious inconstancy. Empowered by a double portion of his master Elijah’s spirit, Elisha is a double agent who continues the task of dismantling the Omride dynasty. Moving between the international stage and mo ... More

Keywords: Elisha, prophet, 1 & 2 Kings, Ahab, Omri, Jehoram, Elijah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199681174
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Bodner, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Crandall University