Friday, June 16, 2017

Elijah's Ascension (1865)

Elijah's Ascension (1865)
Gustave DorĂ© 1832 – 1883
engraving — 1865
Kings 2:11 - And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
The prophet Elijah was a fierce opponent of worshippers of the idol Baal. Contrary to us ordinary mortals, he did not simply die, but "went up by a whirlwind into heaven" in a chariot of fire.

The American singer-songwriter Chi Coltrane was inspired by Elijah and a series of rainy funerals when she wrote her famous song Go Like Elijah: "I want to go like Elijah when I go".
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