2 Kings 2:9-13 describes the ascension of Elijah into heaven in a chariot of fire drawn by horses of fire caught in a whirlwind. The symbol of authority of a master was his mantle and Elijah’s mantle fell to Elisha as Elijah ascended. You may see the mantle falling in Ascension of Elijah LEAL, found in the preceding post of Elijah. And so, Elisha was to pick up where his master left off. His first miracle is to heal the water at Jericho. 2 Kings 2:19-22.
Elisha’s Well Pietro LORENZETTI (1328-29)
See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/19250-elisha-s-well-pietro-lorenzetti.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.
2 Kings 4:1-7 tells us that one day a widow called out to Elisha that her husband was a God-fearing prophet but had died; that his creditors were coming to take her two sons as payment for her husband’s debt that she now could not pay. Elisha took her small jar of oil and worked a miracle by which she kept pouring other jars full of oil sufficient too sell and pay the debt.
The Widow’s Oil UNKNOWN BIBLE ILLUSTRATOR (c. 1450)
See http://www.mnemosyne.org/mmw/fullsize/mmw_10b34_035r_min_2.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the illuminated manuscript.
For a story of Elisha feeding a hundred from twenty loaves of barley bread, see 2 Kings 4:42-44. The story would seem to foreshadow that of Jesus feeding more people with less.
Elisha Multiplies the Bread TINTORETTO (1577-78)
See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/40006-elisha-multiplies-the-bread-tintoretto.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.
2 Kings 4:8-36 tells of the Shunammite woman who, with her husband, gave Elisha a chamber in their house to live in. She was childress, Elisha foretold that she would have a child, she did but the child died, and Elisha lay upon the child and revived the child to life.
Elisha in the Chamber on the Wall BLAKE (1820)
See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/blake/08elisha.html for the source of the above photograph and a brief description of the painting of sepia wash over pencil. It is not unusual that artists have over the years included portraits or alusions to themselves or others in the paintings to say something more than the title represents; in this case, the description suggests that Blake is somehow equating or at least suggesting a similarity of his work with Elisha and his visionary life.
2 Kings 5 tells of Naman, the army commander of the king of Aram, who has leprosy. He hears of Elisha’s power to heal and goes to him for healing. Elisha tells him to go wash in the Jordan seven times. Naman is disappointed at a simple, non-ostentatious remedy that is offered to him. ”
11“But Naaman went away angry and said, ‘I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?’ So he turned and went off in a rage.
13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!’ 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.” Nathan rejoices, tells Elisha that now he knows that there is no God except that of Israel, and he offers Elisha a gift. Elisha refuses it.
Elisha Refusing Gifts from Naaman GREBBER (1630)
See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/5198-elisha-refusing-gifts-from-naaman-pieter-de-grebber.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting. For other paintings and interpretations of Grebber on the same subject, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pieter_de_Grebber.
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