“Jesus said to them.
‘Elijah is indeed
To restore all things.”
ὁ δὲ ἔφη αὐτοῖς Ἡλείας μὲν ἐλθὼν πρῶτον ἀποκαθιστάνει πάντα·
The role of Elijah can be found also in Matthew, chapter 17:11, as well as here in Mark. Mark said that Jesus did not disagree with the Scribes. He responded to his disciples (ὁ δὲ ἔφη αὐτοῖς) by reiterating that Elijah was indeed coming first to restore all things (Ἡλείας μὲν ἐλθὼν πρῶτον ἀποκαθιστάνει πάντα). There is no doubt that the role of Elijah, a 9th century BCE northern Israel prophet, dominated late first century Jewish thought.