Mishael Caspi / Gerda Neu-Sokol

Mishael Caspi / Gerda Neu-Sokol By The Soft Lyres

By The Soft Lyres

The Search for the Prophet Elijah

Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Band 272

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Sprache: Englisch
1. Auflage ()
Paperback, 415 Seiten
ISBN 9783879973354

Elijah, a myste­rious person, first appears ready to under­take the mission to restore the hearts of the people to God. He is also the forerunner about whom Jesus later said, Elijah already came. In order to compre­hend humanity's recogni­tion of Elijah and his unique role in three tradi­tions, we can examine three events: God's reve­la­tion to Moses via the burning bush and God's connec­tion to Khidhr that is described in Islamic folk lite­ra­ture. Each of these tradi­tions offers us an immortal being who is here and there, who is both human and divine, who wanders from one place to another, and who helps common people. Yet in each tradi­tion, Elijah plays a diffe­rent role. For one he heralds the coming of the Messiah. To others he comes to iden­tify the import­ance of the Torah. And in the Islamic tradi­tion he is revered as a mira­cu­lous person. When Elijah gets taken to heaven in a fiery chariot, mortals can no longer see him, and he be-comes an angel living in the celes­tial world. Folk lite­ra­ture has thus created the image of this biblical character, a meta-histo­rical persona, and has turned Elijah into a legend. This demon­s­t­rates that humanity is in a constant, ever­las­ting search of Elijah because no search for him has ever been comp­le­tely satis­fied or realized. Some still search for the Elijah who will hearken the Messiah's foot­s­teps and share his tidings. Others continue look for the Elijah who will fulfill prophecy and attain the messianic promise. Still others search for Elijah's promised bles­sings. Humanity is on esoteric ground in this eternal quest at whose heart lies a deep intel­lec­tual struggle. It is a struggle that humanity refuses to abandon. One of the human heart's deepest desires remains rooted in its eternal search for the elusive Elijah.