Posted by RRC on February 21, 2008 at 17:21:
In Reply to: Take up the mantle posted by Elye Ball on February 21, 2008 at 12:27:
: What is the correct meaning and origin of "Take up the mantle"?
: Many thanks for all your good work!
Mantle in this case refers to a garment rather like a cape or cloak which is/was worn as a symbol of authority or position. In the Bible, when Elijah was taken up into heaven, Elisha "took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him" (2 Kings 2:13 KJV) thus taking Elijah's place. Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantle_%28vesture%29