Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
2 Kings, Elisha, Naaman, Shunammite
Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Chung, Eunice, "The Focus of Elisha's Ministry on Atypical, Faithful Individuals" (2014). Masters Theses. 331.
The focus of Elisha's ministry is upon atypical individuals. Understanding the distinct atypical character focus of the Elisha narrative is important, for it connects to God's overall plan to make all peoples know Him. Just as the foreign general, the destitute widow, and the powerful woman all recognize the power of Yahweh through the work of the prophet, so God desires all unlikely characters, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic standing, to recognize His greatness. Therefore, the thesis will argue that the apostasy of Israel leads Elisha's ministry to focus on unlikely characters, women and a Syrian general, whose faith starkly contrasts with the unbelief of the Israelite kings and the chosen people as a whole. The unlikely characters display genuine faith, whereas those who should demonstrate their faithfulness reject the prophet Elisha and Yahweh.