“Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to King Ahab. ‘As Yahweh the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.’”
Suddenly Elijah from Tishbe in the Gilead, which is on the east side of the Jordan River, appears on the scene, without much indication of his background. Elijah is a major almost romantic prophet whose name appears more than 100 times in the biblical literature. His influence on the evangelical authors was also important. Thus this cycle of stories with him and King Ahab of Israel plays an important role. He went to King Ahab to tell him that Yahweh controlled the rain. This would be in opposition to those who think that the god Baal controlled the rain. The idea that God or a higher power controls the rain is a common religious theme throughout the world.