Elijah the Peacemaker: Jewish and Early Christian Interpretations of Malachi 3:23-24
Teshuvah Institute Papers, 25-33, January 2011
Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.
Department of Religion
Few biblical personalities influenced the thought of later generations
more deeply than Elijah the Thisbite. His mysterious departure excited
speculation, as did the accounts of his miracles and the vagueness about
his origin. There was a general conviction that his departure, like
that of Hempel, did not sever his relationship with the world and his
people. The oldest extant text concerning Elijah's return occurs at the
end of Malachi, the last prophet in the Hebrew Bible.