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The English word loft, from an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning to lift, is generally defined as "an open space at the top of a house just below the roof," hence, an upper room. In earlier times, a loft was also known as an attic, from Attica, the region of Greece around Athens, meaning the highest (the modern-day usage of "attic" is now usually much less "lofty"). In the Bible, loft is sometimes used to translate the Hebrew word (pronounced) al-ee-yaw, meaning an upper room, and the Greek word (pronounced) tri-ste-gon, meaning a third story. In the King James Version, "loft" is used once in each of the Old and New Testaments, both of which involve similar incidents of The Lord's raising the dead, one through Elijah, one through Paul.


Joppa / Jaffa During a time of drought, The Lord sent Elijah to reside with a widow, where he stayed in the loft of her house. While there, the widow's son became ill and died. The Lord raised the young man back to life through Elijah (see also The Spirit and Power of Elijah):

"And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?"

"And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto The Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto The Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray Thee, let this child's soul [i.e. breath, see Where Is Your Soul?] come into him again."

"And The Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth."

"And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the Word [see also The Logos] of The Lord in thy mouth is Truth." (1 Kings 17:17-24 KJV)

During Paul's Third Missionary Journey (see also Paul's Ministry), Eutychus was a young man of Troas who feel asleep, during a late-night sermon by Paul, and was killed after falling from the window of a third-story loft. The raising of Eutychus was done in a very similar way to the widow's son by Elijah i.e. "he stretched himself upon the child three times" by Elijah and "fell on him, and embracing him" by Paul. While The Lord raised them, since only God has the power to do that, it would not have happened if Elijah and Paul didn't intercede:

"And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days."

"And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead."

"And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted." (Acts 20:6-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: On the night that He was betrayed, did Jesus Christ observe the Passover in a loft, or "upper room"?
Luke 22:10-13

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