The name Eliezer in the Bible
The name Eliezer is one of the most popular names in the Bible, especially when we also count all the instances of the almost identical name אלעזר (Eleazar).
In the Bible feature no fewer than eleven Eliezers; two of which are quite famous:
- First there is Abraham's trusted, foreign born servant who eventually retrieved Rebekah for Isaac (Genesis 15:2).
- The other better-known Eliezer is one of two sons of Moses with Zipporah (his brother is named Gershom—Exodus 18:4).
Other Eliezers are:
- A chief Reubenite (1 Chronicles 27:16).
- A grandson of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 7:8).
- A trumpet player in the time of David, associated with the service of the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 15:24).
- A prophet who prophesied against king Jehoshaphat's merchant fleet (2 Chronicles 20:37).
- A member of a delegation that Ezra sent out to acquire a temple directorate (Ezra 8:16).
- Three Eliezers who divorced their foreign wives (Ezra 10:18, 23 & 31).
- An ancestor of Jesus (spelled Ελιεζερ; Luke 3:29).
Etymology of the name Eliezer
The second part comes from the verb עזר (azar) meaning to help or support:
The meaning of the name Eliezer is God Of Help (Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBSE Study Bible Name List) or God Is Help (BDB Theological Dictionary).