One of the former prophets, he came from Tishbe in Gilead. His name means "Yahweh is my God." He ministered in the northern kingdom during the reign of Ahab, King of Israel (ca. 873-850 BCE). He is known, among other things, for raising back to life the only son of a widow of Sarephath of Sidon, and for defeating the prophets of Ba'al in a God-calling contest. He chose Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, as his disciple and successor.