Mt. Carmel is the site of the prophet Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Ba’al. The story is told in 1 Kings 18.
Israel’s king Ahab has the great distinction of being known as the king who “did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.” Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, from the foreign kingdom of the Sodinians, set up temples to Ba’al and worshipped him. Jezebel also began to kill off the Lord’s prophets.
Mt. Carmel is the place where Elijah challenged the prophets of Ba’al to see whose god would send down fire on the sacrifice. The 450 prophets of Ba’al called and called but no fire came. Elijah called out to God and God sent fire!
The Carmelites are the only Roman Catholic religious order that is headquartered in the Holy Land. Their chapel is a beautiful place for prayer.