Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Edgar Krentz

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Kings 17:1-9; 1 Kings 16:29-33; 1 Kings 17:10-16; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 1 Kings 18:1; 1 Kings 18:12; 1 Kings 18:17-19; 1 Kings 18:20-40; 1 Kings 18:41-46; 1 Kings 19:1-8; 1 Kings 19:9-17; 1 Kings 21:17-24; 2 Kings 1:9-16; 2 Kings 2:1-12; Malachi 3:1-4; Malachi 3:22-23;


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the Synoptic Gospels to answer the question, Is John the Baptizer Elijah Who is to Come? In doing this, it is necessary, first of all, to see how Elijah is presented in the Old Testament and in Rabbinic Judaism. After this, there will be an investigation of the Synoptic materials which pertain to this question. These materials have arbitrarily been divided up into three major groupings.1. Material supplied by Mark and reused for the most part by Matthew and Luke. 2. Pertinent 'Q' material.3. Material peculiar to Luke.

The purpose of this paper and its broad scope do not allow for a detailed exegetical study of each section listed. Nor does this study allow for a detailed analysis of the way each particular evangelist presents his material, although this will be done in certain instances. By employing this type of methodology, the paper will raise more questions than it will solve, but will hopefully point in the direction in which they are to be solved.

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