Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation
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Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation  -     By: Daniel C. Matt

Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation

Yale University Press / 2022 / Hardcover

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In the Bible Elijah is a zealous prophet, attacking idolatry and injustice, championing God. He performs miracles, restoring life and calling down fire. When his earthly life ends, he vanishes in a whirlwind, carried off to heaven in a fiery chariot. Was this a spectacular death, or did Elijah escape death entirely? The latter view prevailed. Though residing in heaven, Elijah revisits earth—to help, rescue, enlighten, and eventually herald the Messiah. Because of his messianic role, Jews open the door for Elijah during each seder—the meal commemorating liberation from slavery and anticipating final redemption.

How did this zealot turn into a compassionate hero—apparently the most popular figure in Jewish folklore? Becoming Elijah explores this question, tracing how Elijah develops from the Bible to Rabbinic Judaism, Kabbalah, and Jewish ritual (as well as Christianity and Islam). His transformation is pertinent and inspirational for our polarized, fanatical world.

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Title: Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation
By: Daniel C. Matt
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.75 (inches)
Weight: 16 ounces
ISBN: 0300242700
ISBN-13: 9780300242706
Series: Jewish Lives
Stock No: WW242706

Author Bio

Daniel C. Matt is a leading authority on Kabbalah. His nine-volume annotated translation, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, was honored with a National Jewish Book Award and has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."

Editorial Reviews

"The author’s erudite prose and masterful command of history and faith traditions bring his subject to vibrant life. This is an edifying and accessible chronicle of a towering religious figure."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A lucidly written religious biography/history that will appeal to readers of all faith traditions."—Kirkus Reviews

"In a series on Jewish Lives, this volume is about the Jewish life—the one that goes on forever. Becoming Elijah blends meticulous scholarship with bold literary and poetic imagination. Don't miss it!"—Arthur Green, author of Judaism for the World 
 

"Becoming Elijah is a work of rare intellectual and spiritual depth. With erudition, Daniel Matt captures the unique role Elijah has played in the Western religious imagination and demonstrates how this prophet continues to inspire millions of spiritual seekers today!"—David Ellenson, Brandeis University
 

"A jewel of scholarship and poetic imagination, this lucid and beautifully crafted book highlights the tensions in Elijah’s personality as it evolves from the biblical narratives through to its final, Hasidic reconfiguration."—Avivah Zornberg, author of Moses
 

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