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Reply To: Analyze one of the supplementary Bible passages in light of the course content. Do you see evidence of the Hebraic map? Did anything about the passage surprise you? Was there any part of the passage that stuck out to you in particular?

Marina Ghaly

The prophet, Elijah, provides a great example as one who lived with a Hebraic map in mind. 1 Kings 19 displays all five pillars of the Hebraic tradition. The first two pillars, deity and personality, are exemplified in verses 10 through 18. In Elijah’s lowest moment, when depression and fear overtake him, God sent an angel to bring Elijah words of comfort and provide him with food for physical strength. The two pillars display the relationship between both God and humanity. God desired to help Elijah and Elijah’s acceptance of God’s aid reveals humanity’s desire for a relationship with God. The pillar of history is displayed with God sending Elijah on his final mission – the calling of the next prophet, Elisha. Although it is not specifically displayed, chapter 18 provides more detail on the fourth pillar of Hebraic tradition. Elijah’s leadership in his match against Baal displays his leadership as God’s prophet. Plurality takes place when Elijah displays the power of God but ultimately leaves it up the Israelites who they will worship and follow. Lastly, Elijah takes on the responsibility, the fifth pillar, when he obeys God and goes on his final journey to appoint Elisha.