But, if I should have to choose a biblical alter ego for Elihu, my preference – based on what we have read in Part One and Part Two – would be for the prophet Ezekiel, rather than Jeremiah. A forefather of Samuel the prophet. “You sit there baffled and embarrassed with no more replies. He was simply listening to Job’s friends judging him and Job defending himself. Rechabitism) pertaining to Elihu. The name Barachiah was in this case more of a title than a proper name, I suggest, stemming from (and this is where Jehonadab the Rechabite comes in) the Hebrew ben [bar] Rechab. 6) Elihu signals Gods coming to speak. In fact, Elihu is wondering why everyone doesn’t suffer all the time since everyone is a sinner. Moreover, the phrase “of the family of Ram” (מִמִּשְׁפַּחַת-רָם), has led some to the conclusion that young Elihu was an Aram(= Ram)ite, i.e., of the Syrian race. Barachel/Elisha). King Esarhaddon of Assyria mentions both lands, Uz and Buz, his Ḫazû and Bazû, with the latter being 75 miles further (reckoning from Nineveh), according to F. Delitzsch. Jerome will have this Elihu to be the same with Balaam, who, while young, was a prophet of God, and dealt thus divinely with Job, but afterwards, being corrupted by Balak, he became the devil’s boggyman. 9:16). Elihu, who, as we found, is very much in the mould of the prophet Ezekiel, his contemporary – so much so that I think he may even be this Ezekiel – similarly shares some close likenesses with the ancient prophet Elijah. Elihu (Hebrew: אֱלִיהוּא ’Elihu) is a man in the Hebrew Bible's Book of Job. He was never mentioned before, probably because he was too young to be noticed. Satan, 4 or that he was a false prophet like Balaam. Answer: Eli in the Bible was a Jewish priest living in the days of the judges and serving God at the tabernacle in Shiloh, a city near the hill country of Ephraim ( 1 Samuel 1:1, 3 ). ceptions of Elihu as a false prophet. Jeremiah spoke of God’s word being “in his heart like a burning fire” and being “weary of holding it in. There are other significant connections between the book of Job and Ezekiel, which, although not relating directly to Elihu, form an important background to the links we have seen. 2:11)…. Continuing firstly with the view that Elihu, far from being a pompous young upstart, was an inspired messenger of God, let us consider what Mark Block wrote about him (4th February, 2013 – full reference no longer available), in his section, “Reasons to Accept Elihu’s Speech”: Many Bible interpreters disavow what Elihu has to say in the Book of Job. which I considered to be necessary to fill in certain ancestral details (e.g. We now know that Elihu and Ezekiel were contemporaries. 4. It almost paints the picture of a prophet calling up a mighty storm, It is really an awesome display. Elihu saw one fundamental flaw in Job: that Job believed that he was without original sin. Elihu is identified only as the “son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram” (Job 32:2). Baháʼí In the writings of the Baháʼí Faith : A lengthy tablet was written by Bahá'u'lláh , the first part of which is focused on Job. All I want to do is speak for the truth, not revenge.”. This is a rare name in Scripture. When Job’s friends came to him (and we know that Elihu was also there) we read, “So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great. How is he going to speak to these dignified seniors? This can be explained by the suggestion that Elihu was the man who wrote the book of Job and these verses are inspired words of Elihu which he inserted into the record to tell the reader how the friends reacted to him. An ancestor of the prophet Samuel; the son of Tohu. They also have in common the rare name, Buzi: “According to Strong, “Buzi” in Ezekiel 1:3 is the same word as “Buzite” in Job 32:2. Elihu and Ezekiel were contemporaries, both of whom referred to Job (Elihu addressed Job). .” (Job 38:1). The way Christ also seamlessly moves between the speech of Elihu and the speech of God that follows, also provides evidence that Elihu’s words were rightly spoken. Out of all the human characters, only Elihu understood why Job suffered. In contrast, after Elihu and God had spoken, Job showed humility towards God and repented “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). The proper name [אֱלִיהוּא] means “He is my God” or “My God is He.” The latter is adopted by E. W. Bullinger (The Book of Job [Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1990], 161). He has to fulfill his “part” in God’s purpose and give the light that has been given to him. Malachi wrote that “the priest’s lips should keep knowledge” (2:7). Filter By: ← back to list. During the excavations at Tel Rehov, archeologists found a broken piece of pottery with an inscription written in red ink with the name “Elisha.”, Others place it “east of the Jordan River”: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/abel-meholah, For instance, “Abel Meholah in Gilead” http://www.aboutbibleprophecy.com/p158.htm. God is beyond comprehension. Then Bernard, in his final paragraph, arrives at the conclusion that it was probably Elihu himself who actually wrote the Book of Job: The point was made earlier that the Scriptural record concerning both men ends with a whirlwind. God ordered Elijah to anoint his successor, Elisha, whom he found plowing with 12 yoke of oxen. : https://www.jstor.org/stable/3156857?seq=3#page_scan_tab_contents, An “Abel Meholah in Gilead”, bordering on Bashan, would appear to be a suitable scenario. Instead, the prophet slept, and an angel brought him food. In other words, before Job had his trials, he experienced the mercy of God. According to tradition, he is buried on Mount of Olives, in the nearby cluster called the tombs of the Prophets. Previously in this series we considered some likenesses between Elihu and the prophet Ezekiel, which others have picked up, and the question was asked: Then … we further learned of a whole variety of parallels and links between Elihu and Ezekiel, for example: “Comparisons include whirlwinds; sitting for seven days; not speaking; and rebuking elders even though they themselves were much younger”. We think that just because we have a message from the Lord, whether it is to a specific brother or sister or in a congregational time of worship, we have to give it now! Elihu: Righteous Prophet or Arrogant Fool. "A forefather of Samuel the prophet. —1Ch 27:18, 22; compare 1Sa 16:6; see ELIAB No. But when Job had his trials, he experienced the justice of God–he only got what he deserved. Now, it is in this revised package: that, I think, we can find crucial clues for putting together in a satisfactory manner those enigmatic biographical details associated with Elihu: “… son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram”. In Job the whirlwind provided a demonstration of power out of which God spoke. The first view, and probably the least likely to be accepted among Christians, is the view that the six chapters given to Elihu (32-37) are not original to the book of Job. Now comes the part of the whole story that is my personal favorite, at least my favorite character. Like Job’s miserable comforters Elihu also does say some true things but applies them wrongly and draws the wrong conclusions. Second, while anger isn’t a sin Elihu has sinfully given too much room to his anger and vents it in the direction of these men. According to my reconstructions of the life and times of Job (as Tobias, son of Tobit) such as: https://www.academia.edu/3787850/Jobs_Life_and_Times, Stellar Life and Career of the holy Prophet Job, https://www.academia.edu/29141787/Stellar_Life_and_Career_of_the_holy_Prophet_Job. When “the Sovereign Lord has spoken, who can but prophesy” (Amos 3:8)? Young, ardent, sagacious, and devout, he listened attentively to the discourses of Job and his three friends; and at length broke in, with profuse apologies, to set them all right, Job 32:1-22. Elihu The Prophet. Likewise, Ezekiel spent a period of seven days simply sitting with a group of people, apparently saying nothing—at least, not words from God: “Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. In Job 32 Elihu says, “They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking. Immediately after Elihu spoke, God answered Job in a whirlwind and rebuked him for falsely accusing God of injustice. This good fruit, in addition to his good family name and ancestry adds to his credentials that we should be listening to what he says. We almost forget him. 1) God never rebukes Elihu. From James 5:17,18 we learn that, not only did Elijah later pray for rain to come (which we read about in 1 Kings 18:41-45), but he had also originally prayed for the rain to stop: “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. The reasons for this view are as follows. Elihu is a “modest” (not pompous) “messenger of God” (thus not bent upon self-justification) http://nhiemstra.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/elihu-the-messenger-of-god/. Malachi wrote that “the priest’s lips should keep knowledge” (2:7)” from Elihu: “Although not a priest, Elihu sought to live the spirit of these words, for he said, “my lips shall utter knowledge clearly” (Job 33:3)”. ( Log Out / Ultimately, I do not think there’s reason to doubt Moses as the original author/compiler, but I do think it’s also possible that Elihu was added into the text at a later date by a prophet of God. The friends “stopped answering Job” and “the words of Job are ended.” The Lord’s message comes to Elihu and he obediently speaks. BUZ; BUZI; BUZITE (1) Second son of Nahor (Genesis 22:21).The word occurs again in Jeremiah 25:23, by the side of Dedan (Genesis 10:7) and Tema (Genesis 25:15), and is probably, therefore, the name of a people living in the neighborhood of Edom.Buz and Hazo (Genesis 22:22) are probably the countries of Bazu and Chazu (the former described as full of snakes and … Wisdom says that as it turned out, “the message epitomized in his name became an integral part of Elihu’s message to Job (e.g., 33:12-13; 34:18-19, 23, 31-32; 35:2-11; 36:26; 37:22-24)” (Thurman Wisdom, “The Message of Elihu: Job 32-37,” Biblical Viewpoint 21 : 29). The book of Job is included among the wisdom writings precisely because it teaches man that pain and suffering are a mystery of divine wisdom. The building that archaeologists believe was the house where the prophet Elisha lived was discovered at the site of Tel Rehov, a few miles from Abel-meholah. A location in Gilead would mean that the prophet Elisha hailed from the same land as did “Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead …” (I Kings 17:1), with whom Elisha was a very close acquaintance – he being Elijah’s chosen disciple. Elihu. Given that this is the only reference in the Bible to the name Barachel, the task is a difficult one. It is possible that with an admonition for Job to stand still and consider the wondrous works of God, Elihu seems to be preparing Job for what is about to follow, namely, the whirlwind.Previously, Job and his friends had been arguing back and forth, and their debates had been thoroughly exhausted until Elihu appeared and proposed a new cause for Job's suffering. 5) Elihu claims to be full of the Holy Spirit. He is discussed as a prophet in the Quran. My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know. Fifth, the reason Elihu is ignored by everyone at the end of the book is because he does prove himself to be something of an irrelevant intruder into an already lengthy conversation. I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue. In the case of both the friends of Job and the elders of Judah, old age proved to be no guarantee of wisdom or obedience. Buzites, they experienced similar awesome theophanies, and were filled with God’s spirit. I’m sure we have all said, “Lord, what would you have me to say?” However, we also need to ask, “Lord, when would you have me say it?”, Proverbs 15:23 says: “A man has joy in making an apt answer and a word spoken in the right moment—how good it is!”. Elihu waited … As well as helping us to understand the work of Elijah and Ezekiel, these comparisons also help us to see Elihu in a new light, supporting the view, in my opinion, that Elihu’s speech was vital for preparing the mind of Job for when God would speak to him. But once he starts talking, there is no doubt he possessed a spiritual discernment unknown by the others. Ezekiel was made dumb because the house of Israel were rebellious. Comparisons include whirlwinds; sitting for seven days; not speaking; and rebuking elders even though they themselves were much younger. Elihu the Prophet, Son of Barachel the Buzite, family of Ram “But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger burned because he justified himself before God”. “Elihu [was the] son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram” (Job 32:2). ( Log Out / One of the interlocutors in the book of Job. Elihu the Great Enigma Elihu is an enigma, not only because of his mysterious appearance and equally mysterious disappearance from the dialog, but because opinions vary so widely concerning which side he is on. This is why we don’t see any response to him. Elihu, who must have been – according to my reconstructions of the life of the righteous Job – a contemporary of the prophet Ezekiel, is found to have “similarities” with that prophet. I think the author of Job knows what he has put together here in his work can easily exasperate the reader and is now giving us a bit of a break, or a change in tempo, with the wisdom hymn of chapter 28 and the speeches of Elihu in chapters 32-37. God is just even if He does not act as we think He should. “Woe to me, if I do not . Job’s long life during the neo-Assyrian era took him at least as far as the destruction of Nineveh (c. 612 BC, conventional dating). And then: Job 38:1-2 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” We find then that Elihu is literally setting the stage for the arrival of God. Some who hold this view, at this point, make the claim that Elihu was a prophet sent by God to prepare Job and his friends for God’s words stronger words about to come. 2 Chronicles 24:22: “King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah’s father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, ‘May the LORD see this and call you to account’.”. Elihu should not get lumped into the group of the other three friends with bad theology. He had waited and listened very attentively to every word that the older men had “searched out to say” while they were reasoning with Job, but he saw that they had utterly failed to convince him. In 37:11-12 Elihu is describing a whirlwind and attributes the whirlwind to God. Their meanings are also very similar, both incorporating the Hebrew word ’el. The place of the prophet’s tomb is not known and is not linked to this site. God asks Job, “Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?” (Job 38:35). For example, some aspects of the cherubim reflect the words used by God of creation in His speech to Job. Waters, “The Authenticity of the Elihu Speeches in Job 32-37”, “Elihu is similar to the name Elijah”: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/605e/64f082d89fe935e33af4d9ac86a02db0c861.pdf]. But the truth is, Elihu was the only one with true insight, not only into the sufferings of Job but, insight into the sufferings of all mankind. While the last view is the least likely to be accepted among Christians, the second view is probably the majority view among Christians. …. So far in Job we come through 30 chapters of thick back and forth conversation about Job’s innocence, and whether or not Job has been right to say what he has about himself and about God. The whirlwind in Ezekiel is spoken of in more detail, and from it emerge the cherubim. There are largely two reasons given for this view. And it seems that Elijah was raised from the dead to meet with Christ at the transfiguration. That both Elihu and Ezekiel have this name mentioned in their ancestry alerts us to look for other similarities between these two men”. But they just sit there. And, as we see from the following list from Abarim (http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Barachel.html#.WKTvp000N9A): the name, Barachel can be associated with Berechiah. The Publicans are a group of pastors and friends committed to the historic reformed faith. At this stage I had to interrupt my pursuit of an understanding of Elihu’s (Ezekiel’s?) It doesn’t match with the rest of the book, thus it doesn’t belong with the rest of the book. These words sit a little awkwardly in his speech. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. does “Ram” stand for Aram (Syrian)? According to Tom Brown, “Why Job Suffered”, the poorly-known Elihu was given by God an “insight into the true nature of Job’s sufferings” (http://tbm.org/why_job_suffered.htm): Do you remember the last character in the book of Job? I thought, “Age should speak, advanced years should teach wisdom.” But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. elihu was a false prophet to job Posted on November 9, 2014 by christopher fisher From John Franklin Genung: The friends, however, have exhausted their resources, and through three discourses have been silent, as it were, snuffed out of existence. (Job 32:11-12). Wherever he was taken, he was later to write a letter to Jehoram (see 2 Chron. But we also, again and again, have had to almost gasp at Job’s audacity in accusing God of being a wrongdoer and unjust. Change ). While the second view is the majority view among Christians, the third view is probably best described as the minority view among Christians. Unfortunately it is difficult to be definitive about this because geographical details are, at this present stage of our knowledge, somewhat uncertain. http://biblehub.com/commentaries/guzik/commentaries/1833.htm, http://nhiemstra.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/elihu-the-messenger-of-god/, http://www.testimony-magazine.org/back/apr2010/bernard.pdf, http://www.testimony-magazine.org/back/mar2010/bernard.pdf, https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/605e/64f082d89fe935e33af4d9ac86a02db0c861.pdf, http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Barachel.html#.WKTvp000N9A, https://claudemariottini.com/2013/07/25/have-archaeologists-discovered-elishas-house/, Institute of Archaeology of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/abel-meholah, http://www.aboutbibleprophecy.com/p158.htm, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3156857?seq=3#page_scan_tab_contents, Australian Marian Academy of the Immaculate Conception, biblical identifications Damien F. Mackey Revised History Era King Hezekiah Judah post-graduate Tiglath-pileser John R. Salverda, Jeremiah, High Priest, lauds heroine Judith as ‘the glory of Jerusalem’, Jeremiah was both prophet and high priest, Joakim and Susanna’s progression to become Mordecai and Esther, Follow Era of Prophet Jeremiah on WordPress.com. Elihu’s “Ram”, then, must refer to Jeho-Ram, indicating Elihu’s royal connections through his ancestor, the priest Jehoiada (var. A forefather of Samuel the prophet. David Th. With much space given to Elihu, surely there is some importance to it. That Elihu was a Buzite could mean that he was a descendant of Buz, the son of Nahor (see Gen. 22:20,21), and/or he lived in a territory called Buz. Four times in the first five verses of Job 32 we read that Elihu was burning with anger. Then in Part Two, we further learned of a whole variety of parallels and links between Elihu and Ezekiel, for example: “Comparisons include whirlwinds; sitting for seven days; not speaking; and rebuking elders even though they themselves were much younger”. As for the remaining two views we find believers lining up in both of them. 4) Elihu shows how Job’s other friends are wrong. Notice, Elihu is about to give wisdom not because of any human understanding, but because God’s Spirit gave him understanding. A native of Buz, Genesis 22:21, which was probably a city of Edom, Jeremiah 25:23, perhaps Bozrah, Jeremiah 49:7,8,13. According to one, “Elihu definitely belongs to God, and God has much to say through Elihu the prophet” (Lucas, chapter 12). This would mean that Elihu of the Book of Job was actually a priest, thereby strengthening my hopeful equation of Elihu with “Ezekiel the priest …” (Ezekiel 1:3), who was, according to the same verse, “the son of Buzi”. Nor is his answer that Job is totally innocent of all sin. Their rebuke by younger men only served to heighten their folly. Barachel was not, therefore, Elihu’s direct father, but rather his famous priest-ancestor, Berechiah (= Jehoiada), who I am saying was the prophet Elisha himself. After all that, Elihu pauses almost as if he was waiting for some kind of encouragement from them or something. Look, Job hasn’t said anything to me, so I’m not going to answer anything he said. Job 32:2 Introduction In Job 21:5 Job says, “Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth”. Elihu’s identity is also connected with three other names, Barachel, Buz, and Ram. I will speak, that I may find relief…”. We begin by considering the similarity of the names of Elihu and Elijah. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. [Mackey’s comment: In the following section, Bernard, whilst continuing to find similarities between Elihu and Ezekiel, will distinguish between “Ezekiel … the priest” and “Elihu … not a priest”. But honesty would demand I also say that while I believe this third view is the best option I also believe I could be wrong about this. As we read the speeches of Job and his three friends, the presence of Elihu can be felt. (Job 32:6-8). Concerning Elihu, 2 opinions: A Jew that prophetized for non-Jew people (as Jonas) or a prophet from the time … Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was angry—angry at Job because he thought himself right against God. Ezekiel is described as “the priest, the son of Buzi”. 04.05.20 Elihu The Prophet. From the Gemara it appears also that the distinction between non-Jew and Jew prophet begin to be relevant only from the time of Moses. So finally, there’s a pause. This I look upon as a Jewish tradition, not much to be credited. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Bernard is perfectly correct here. The words of Elihu in Job 32:1-3 are not continuing what the other three friends have said, but stating something new. So, in order even to consider whether or not Elihu and Ezekiel could be the same person, one would need to be able to show that Elihu’s genealogy (the only one given in the Book of Job) (32:2): “… son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram”, was Levite. It is amazing that I haven’t heard anyone ever mention Elihu. [JOB, JOB, BOOK OF] He is described as the "son of Baerachel the Buzite." Elihu’s name may even be “an expression of his theological program”: It is Yahweh who speaks through his speeches. According to Strong, “Buzi” in Ezekiel 1:3 is the same word as “Buzite” in Job 32:2. Why? 27,28). [i]David Atkinson, The Message of Job – The Bible Speaks Today (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1991) page 116-117. Elihu is zealous for God’s glory as the sovereign Sustainer who demonstrates His grace every moment by granting life and breath of man. I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. Stark. Elisha killed the animals for a sacrifice and followed his master. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Fifth, this is the reason why no one responds to Elihu in the end, because he was a voice preparing the way for the greater voice to come. The Hebrew word for “hawk” is related to the word translated “sparkled” in Ezekiel 1:7, where it is stated that the feet of the cherubim “sparkled like the colour of burnished brass”. Some who hold this view, at this point, make the claim that Elihu was a prophet sent by God to prepare Job and his friends for God’s words stronger words about to come. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed. He seems to come out of nowhere in the text, and when he bursts onto the scene he really does burst. Elihu realizes that he is in a very delicate position for a young man. However, the Hebrew phrase rendered here invariably refers to “family”, rather than to race. To which I had attached this comment: “Whether or not Elihu was a priest has yet, I think, to be determined”. 15b) and descended from Nahor, the brother of Abraham (ser 28, 141–2). 2) There is a break in the text to introduce him. to have been the fertile Hauran valley region of Bashan. This bothered Job. He knows there’s “a spirit in man,” and that it’s “the breath of the Almighty” alone that gives understanding and not age or position. Taken these three views into account, we can easily reject the first view which believes Elihu and his speeches to be a foreign intrusion into the text of Job. Here he was sitting there as he saw Job becoming more and more concerned about clearing his own character than justifying the love and character of God. Ezekiel twice has God proclaim (Ezekiel 14:14, 20): ‘… even if these three men—Noah, Daniela and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness …’. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It is interesting to note that when God appeared to Job, He rebuked Job for not having insight and He rebuked Job’s three friends for falsely judging Job. No, God acts in His own time and Elihu’s speeches reinforce this by causing Job to wait a bit longer for his inner angst to be resolved. The matter is further complicated by uncertainty as to the location of the “land of Buz”. Now, returning to Nigel Bernard, we read of these intriguing comparisons of Elihu and Ezekiel (http://www.testimony-magazine.org/back/apr2010/bernard.pdf). The speeches of Elihu perplex many theologians for many reasons. 15,16). Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. As I said just a moment ago, this view isn’t commonly held within the Church, it is mostly found in nonbelieving commentators and textual critics. Ezekiel was also to be silent, speaking only when God caused him to speak. It’s pleasant to notice Elihu’s modesty and tact in entering the discussion with his elders. That both Elihu and Ezekiel have this name mentioned in their ancestry alerts us to look for other similarities between these two men. 3:15,16). First, Elihu finds both Job and his friends wanting in the debate. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Elihu is similar to the name Elijah, “Yahweh is my God.” Elihu’s name bears witness to [El] as the highest God. Elihu is said to be “the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram” (32:2). 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