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Elijah (Elias)
BirthplaceTishbe, Gilad

Elijah

(ēlī`jə) or

Elias

(ēlī`əs) [both: Heb.,=Yahweh is God], fl. c.875 B.C., Hebrew prophet in the reign of King AhabAhab
, d. c.853 B.C., king of Israel (c.874–c.853 B.C.), son and successor of Omri (1.) Ahab was one of the greatest kings of the northern kingdom. He consolidated the good foreign relations his father had fostered, and Israel was at peace during much of his reign.
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. He is one of the outstanding figures of the Bible. Elijah's mission was to destroy the worship of foreign gods and to restore exclusive loyalty to God. His zeal brought about a temporary banishment of idolatry (see JezebelJezebel
, in the First Book of Kings, Phoenician princess who was the wife of King Ahab and the mother of Ahaziah, Jehoram, and Athaliah. She encouraged worship of Baal, including the worship of Asherah and persecuted the prophets of her day. Jezebel was the bitter foe of Elijah.
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). Incidents in his life include his raising the widow's son from the dead; his contest of faith with the priests of Baal, resulting in his triumph and their death; his being fed by ravens; his experience of the still, small voice on Mt. Horeb (Sinai); and his departure from earth in a chariot of fire enveloped in a whirlwind. His disciple was ElishaElisha
, in the Bible, prophet who functions as a model of the Mosaic prophetic office after Elijah, whose work he continued; he is believed to have lived in the 9th cent. B.C. Elisha initiated the political programs outlined to Elijah on Mt. Horeb.
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. Unlike other great prophets, Elijah and Elisha left no written records. In Jewish tradition, Elijah is the eschatological herald of the Messiah. John the Baptist and Jesus were asked if they were the incarnation of Elijah, who appeared at the Transfiguration. The prophet is prominent in the Qur'an. Mendelssohn composed an oratorio, Elijah.

Elijah

transported to heaven in fiery chariot. [O.T.: II Kings 2:11]

Elijah

traditionally represented at ceremony by empty chair. [Judaism: Wigoder, 172]

Elijah

breathes life back into child. [O.T.: I Kings 17:18]

Elijah

Old Testament a Hebrew prophet of the 9th century bc, who was persecuted for denouncing Ahab and Jezebel. (I Kings 17--21: 21; II Kings 1--2:18)
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The quality season in Nuwara Eliya is from November to January or February.
In the Nuwara Eliya region, one of the finest teas, known as the "Champagne of Ceylon teas," is grown at an elevation of over 6,000 feet.
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In this unforgettable journey you will visit the renowned Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala, the ancient rock fortress of Srigiriya, the sacred Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy , the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, and also enjoy an exciting wildlife safari in Minneriya, experience tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya and finally the golden beaches of Hikkaduwa , the Ambassador elaborated.
Beginning with a train ride from Colombo to Kandy, located in the heart of the hill country, the tour then takes riders to Nuwara Eliya, with its fields of tea, and on to the 'World's End' at the Horton Plains, so-called for its incredible views.
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They come from Dimbulla, in the Western Highlands, the best seasonal quality being picked from January to March; Nuwara Eliya, in the Central Highlands, with the seasonal quality period from January to April; Uva, in the Eastern Highlands, with the best seasonal quality harvested from May to July and Uda Pussellawa, a small region in the Eastern Mountains, on a plateau sheltered by high peaks, with seasonal quality from January to March.
The highlights of Sri Lanka tour with Virgin Holidays Worldwide Journeys, including return flights from London Heathrow to Sri Lanka via Dubai, accommodation and sightseeing encompassing Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Habarana, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Tangalle and Colombo.
Departing on January 18, the tour starts in Colombo and takes in Sigiriya and its famous rock fortress, Kandy's temples, elephant orphanage and the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya.