When the Prophet Elijah was on his way to Damascus from Sinai he found Elisha in the fields, ploughing twelve yoke of oxen. He went over to him, threw a rough mantle over his shoulders symbolically denoting him to be his successor. Dramatically, Elisha killed the oxen that were just doing his work and cooked their meat over the wood of his plough. After a quick feast, he left to become Elijahís attendant.
Nothing more is heard about Elisha until several years later when it was time for Elijah to "retire". Knowing that the Lord was about to take him Elijah tested his servantís devotion by asking him three times to remain while he went on in turn to Bethel, Jericho and then over the Jordan. Well aware of what was about to happen, Elijah refused to leave his master.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?"
"Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.
"You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours-otherwise not."
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.
He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
(2 Kings 2:9-13)
After Elijah's departure, Elisha returned to Jericho, and there made a bad spring of water good. He then moved to Bethel where he brought the wrath of God upon some youths who called him a "bald head". He next performed a series of miracles which included raising the dead son of a woman of Shunem back to life and multiplying twenty loaves of barley into a sufficient supply for a hundred men.
Elisha then moved on to Damascus where he gave out the command to one of his men to anoint Hazael king over Syria. Soon after, he directed one of the sons of the prophets to anoint Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Israel, instead of Ahab.
He died in the presence of Joash, the grandson of Jehu. He was to perform a miracle even in his death.
Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.
(2 Kings 13:20-21)