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Carmel, Mount

by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis
A mountain on the coast of north Israel, where the city of Haifa now exists. In Biblical times Carmel was evidently regarded as a holy high place to YHVH. Elijah fought his religio-magical duel with the prophets of Baal and Asherah there (I Kings 27:30), winning the argument when a miraculous fire from heaven consumed his offering. It was while hiding in caves there he was able to destroy troops of King Ahab, also by means of a flame strike.

Article copyright 2004 Geoffrey Dennis.


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