Eli­jah and the Priests of Baal

Jen­nifer Tzivia MacLeod; Goce Ilievs­ki, illus.
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By – June 3, 2015

Elijah and the Priests of Baal is a fas­ci­nat­ing book about the chal­leng­ing expe­ri­ences that Eli­jah the Prophet had in per­suad­ing the peo­ple of Israel to wor­ship only Hashem. Set in the king­dom of north­ern Israel in Bib­li­cal times, the Jew­ish peo­ple fre­quent­ly strayed and often wor­shipped Baal, a for­bid­den idol. Hashem instruct­ed Eli­jah to demand that wor­ship of Baal end for­ev­er. The book clear­ly explains the chal­lenges that Eli­jah expe­ri­enced in per­suad­ing peo­ple to lis­ten to him and offers insight regard­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties that all the prophets had in con­vinc­ing the peo­ple to take them seri­ous­ly. This illus­trat­ed retelling pro­vides a good under­stand­ing of the events of this part of Bib­li­cal his­to­ry. The lan­guage is sim­ple and presents the tale clear­ly. Recom­mended for ages 7 – 10.

Nathan Weissler is a senior in high school and lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his fam­i­ly. He has been writ­ing reviews for Jew­ish Book World for two years. Nathan loves to read, espe­cial­ly books relat­ed to Judaism and history.

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