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Where did Elijah come from?

1 Kings 17:1 describes Elijah as “the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead”. It is not known where Tishbe was located, although that doesn’t stop map-makers placing it on Bible maps or commentaries making authorative-sounding statements about its location. There are three candidate sites: Listib (shown below), Umm el-Hedamus and Abu Hummus. The most popular identification […]

Who were the Gileadites?

The region of Gilead was a mountainous area east of the Jordan river, but south of the sea of Galilee. It is now part of the kingdom of Jordan. Gileadites were people who lived in Gilead. From the time of Joshua, it was largely occupied by the Israelite tribe of Gad. Later it was held […]