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Elijah
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In the first centuries CE, the ascended Elijah was expected to return as herald to (the second coming of) the Messiah. Especially from the 4th century CE onward, Elijah becomes an inspiration for the monastic life, a master who provides a model of life. The earliest Christian iconography combines these traditions by depicting the moment when Elijah ascends and transfers his mantle to his disciple.

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Bos, Anne-Marie, “Elijah”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_eeco_SIM_00001044>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921



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