During the reign of King Ahab (mid-800s BC), his wife Jezebel encouraged the Israelites to worship the nature god Baal as well as their own Yahweh. According to the Bible, Elijah went to Ahab's court to demand that worship of Baal cease. In the story, he defeats Jezebel's forces and establishes monotheism for the Israelites. Elijah is considered a prophet in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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