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Elisha and the Children: The Question of Accepting Prophetic Succession
|Title||Elisha and the Children: The Question of Accepting Prophetic Succession|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Authors||Woods, Fred E.|
|Journal||BYU Studies Quarterly|
|Keywords||Chiasmus; Elisha (Prophet); Korah (Levite); Language - Hebrew; Literary Structure|
The account of Elisha’s curse of the forty-two young people and their seemingly unjustified fatal end when attacked by two bears has puzzled Latter-day Saints as well as other students of the Bible. An enlightening solution to this unusual incident, as I argue here, also leads to a clearer view of an important underlying issue: the acceptance or nonacceptance of divinely approved succession among prophetic personalities, in this case Elisha’s succession to the prophet Elijah.
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