I thought of this while in Weather Quarantine, and I need to share it with someone before I die Aidan!!
Oh, and Happy Birthday, and Greetings to All others reading this letter! (Brock, Connor x2, Jake, Derick, Etc...)
I have had another thought, which, if possible, exceeds the awesomeness of my last thought and here it is:
I was thinking recently about Avatar TLA recently. Then my mind switched over to the Bible, for that's where a missionary's mind should be focused.
In the process, A magical FUSION took place in my brain.
My conclusion to this thought was: The Prophets and Judges of the old Testament are benders, and in some case, the Avatar Himself. My proof of each Prophet/Judge is as follows.
Moses: The Avatar, born as a Waterbender.
Most people only remember Moses as a waterbender; e.g., he parted the Red Sea, or smote the rocks and made water come forth. HOWEVER, people neglect his other miracles which fall into the other bending categories.
The Plagues of Egypt involved:
Turning water to blood (water/bloodbending)
Smiting Cattle of Egyptians (Airbending. He either conveyed a germ through the air, or simply sucked all the air out of the cattle's lungs.)
Smiting the dust of the Earth and bringing forth lice (earthbending)
Taking ash and scattering it, bringing boils upon egypt (earth/airbending)
Calling down thunder and fire and hail (fire/waterbending)
Plus, let's actually look at the Parting of the Red Sea. Exodus 14 states that: 21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the asea; and the Lord bcaused the csea to d
go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea edry land, and the fwaters were gdivided.
So the parting of the Red Sea wasn't actually, Waterbending; it was Airbending!
Joshua: The Avatar following Moses, born as an Earthbender.
At first, I thought he has just an earthbender based on his taking down Jericho (the walls came tumbling down because Joshua bended them down), but further reading shows that he's in control of other elements as well as earth, making him the avatar. Parting the Jordan River, stopping the sun in the sky and sending hailstones on his enemy qualify him as the Avatar.
Deborah: Waterbender. check out Judges 5:4-5
Sampson: Not mearely an Earthbender, but a Metalbender as well, shown by his taking the gates of the city. Earthbending the columns apart in the house was pretty awesome too.
Samuel/Issiah: these Avatars were best known not for their bending, but for their sojourns into the spirit world and the knowledge they gained herewith.
Elijah: The greatest of the Fire-born Avatars in recorded history. Most of his bending involved fire in some way, but he wasn't limited to fire alone. From sealing up the heavens from raining (water) to multiplying the widow's flour and oil (earth/water) to being taken up in a whirlwind (air/fire), to his spiritual prophecies and guidance, he was one of the greatest of the avatars.
Elisha: in the avatar cycle, air follows fire. Elisha was an air-born avatar. It was hard to tell what preference he had until you look at his bending style. Check out the Bible Dictionary: He was of a gentle and affectionate disposition, and without that fiery zeal by which his master had been distinguished. Elisha's bending revolves around curing sickness (water) and causing it (air), as well as his share of earth and firebending. The best example of his Airbending is found in 2kings 7:6
Ezekiel: Airbender and Spirit World dweller, but not necessarily the Avatar. Evidence of his bending is found in Ezekiel 37:9: Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the awind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind[...]
Shadrch, Meshach and Abed-nego: A nice trio of firebenders. Daniel 3.
Last but not least, let us not forget those who didn't possess bending ability, and yet still did amazing things. As The Last Airbender had Sokka, I give you...
Ehud: The Sarcasm-bender. Let us never forget his classic line in Judges 3: ...And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of seat.