King Ahab of Yisrael took as his wife Izebel (Jezabel), the daughter of Ethba’al king of Tsidon. Ahab did evil in the eyes of the Eternal and built altars to Ba’al and bowed down to him.
Eliyahu was fleeing from Ahab, Izebel and the royal guard and feared for his life so the Eternal instructed Eliyahu to go away to the wadi Kerith
1 Kings 17:4, 6 4 And it shall be that you drink from the stream, and I shall command the ravens to feed you there.” ... 6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the stream.
Some think that it is far-fetched that these small birds could bring bread and meat twice a day and who knows for how long to sustain Eliyahu. Where did they get the bread and the meat they brought to the prophet?
This article will seek to prove that it was not the ravens that brought food to the prophet twice a day rather, it was the ‘Arabs’ that did this.
This can be proven in two ways: a textual analysis and evidence or an insinuation found in the Scriptures themselves. It may seem strange to some as the Arabs in general are bitter enemies of the Yisra’elites but this was not always the case. There was a time in antiquity in which Yisra’elites and Arabs were in good terms or at the very least, they were not enemies.
In Job 38:41 a raven is mentioned
Job 38:41 Who provides food for the raven, when its young ones cry to El, and wander about without food?
Here the word used for raven is עׄרֵ֗כ never appears with an article in Scripture and always in the singular form.
Another instance in which ravens are mentioned
Psalms 147:9 – Giving to the beast its food, To the young ravens that cry.
Source: Yosef Alvarez