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Perhaps the wind of

Perhaps the wind of Yahweh has taken him up and thrown him on a mountain or in a valley What they had witnessed was real: the wind of Yahweh, whose probable meaning we have already examined in the opening of this chapter, took Elijah and physically could have dropped him somewhere in the surrounding area, consisting of mountains and valleys. At first Elisha orders theme not to carry out any search, but then yields to the entreaties of his fellows. The search takes three days, but with no results: Elijah has permanently disappeared, brought to heaven by the chariot of Yahweh. So, this is an announced event, known in advance by the involved parties and therefore planned by the Elohìms who had decided to take Elijah with them. As usual, the episode's concreteness is documented with many details furnished by the story: The journey; the encounters with the prophets' disciples who address surprised questions to Elisha; the crossing of the Jordan along with the followers keeping away from the place where the event is about to occur; the two walking when the chariot interposes; and, finally, the search for Elijah due to the concreteness of the event. One does not search for three days, laboring over hills and dales, to search for someone who has been kidnapped just in a vision or a dream! 25 146

The Abduction of Enoch The privilege of traveling on the Elohìm's machines was not exclusively Elijah's: in fact the patriarch Enoch had already had the chance! Enoch was the sixth descendant of Adam on the genealogy of Sethites, son of Jared, he in turn fathers Methuselah, Noah's grandfather. Genesis 5:22-24 writes: «and Enoch walked [back and forth] with the Elohìm»; «after having generated Metusclàch [Methuselah] three hundred years»; «and he begat sons and daughters»; «and all days [whole time] of Enoch was three hundred and sixty five years»; «and Enoch walked [back and forth] with the Elohìm»; «and [no more was] he because Elohìm took him away». So, Enoch would have gone away with the Elohìms, without dying: the tradition was evidently widely known and accepted, as it was retrieved in Siracide (44:16) and the New Testament's Epistle to the Hebrews (11:5). It would sound inappropriate to speak of “kidnapping” because the text says twice that Enoch walked with the Elohìms and the verb follows a particular order, which underlines the intensity and repetitiveness of the action. For this reason, the meaning can be effectively represented with the walking “back and forth”: in short, the author tells us that it was a constant and repeated action. Moreover, the book of Genesis is very brief in describing the story, which instead is told in great detail in the apocryphal books of the patriarch. The latter describes the trips he makes accompanied by the angels called “Vigilantes” (a term that recalls the Sumerian Guardians and the Egyptian Neteru...). We briefly analyze them: Enoch ascends to the sky in a wonderful home where he meets God's Great Glory; He is taken to various places, including even underground; He flies in a deserted village, dominated by fire; He then moves in different directions towards the ends of the Earth; 147

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