oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Evangelism via power and lifestyle. Elijah's method in 1 Kings 17

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Elijah bursts into Israel's history in 1 Kings 17 without any introduction. Lacking patrimony, pre-history, and the appositive prophet, he nonetheless immediately establishes himself as the nation's pre-eminent spokesman for God. True to the meaning of his name - My God is Yahweh - Elijah proclaims the sovereignty, exclusivity, and power of the God of Israel. His interaction with the three people in the chapter - Ahab, king of Israel, the widow of Zarephath, and her son - show him as a versatile evangelist. He evangelises via words, miracles, rand lifestyle and thereby serves as one model of evangelism in the biblical text.

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