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(Gk. form, ‘Elias’) (9th cent. bc),

Hebrew prophet. According to Kgs., he maintained the ascendancy of the worship of God in the face of Canaanite and Phoenician cults, upheld the claims of moral righteousness and social justice, and was translated into heaven. His return was held to be a necessary prelude to the deliverance and restoration of Israel. Feast day, 20 July.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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