2 kings - Parallels between Ruth and Elisha?

I'm asking this on behalf of a friend. One of his favorite parts of the bible is that of Elisha, in 2 Kings. But he wanted to get more familiar with the bible as a whole, so in January he started a Bible In A Year reading program.He got to the book of Ruth, and immediately made a connection to Elisha: Ruth and Elisha each set out to follow a mentor figure, the mentor tells them to go home, but Ruth/Elisha insists on following their mentor.At first I was skeptical, but digging into the Hebrew, I found there were a few verbal parallels in the men...Read more

2 kings - What is the purpose of Elijah's travels?

At the beginning of 2 Kings 2, Elijah travels from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to the Jordan before being taken up in the whirlwind. Elisha then mostly reverses this course crossing back over the Jordan, going up to Jericho on to Bethel and from there returning to Samaria. One commentary I read mentioned that this is a rather indirect route for Elijah to leave the land, but didn't comment beyond that. I've noted on Mike's answer below that there seems to be some relationship to Joshua. The progression of the armies in Joshua goes from crossing ...Read more