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Elisha in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Elisha in the Bible

There's only one Elisha in the Bible. He is the prophet who succeeded Israel's prophet Elijah the Tishbite (1 Kings 19:16). In the New Testament his name is mentioned only once, in Luke 4:27, in the curious transliteration of Ελισσαιος; Elissaios.

Etymology of the name Elisha

The name Elisha consists of two elements, the first being אל (El), either the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The second part of the name comes from the Hebrew verb ישע (yasha'), meaning to be saved, delivered:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Elisha meaning

For the meaning of the name Elisha, BDB Theological Dictionary and NOBSE Study Bible Name List agree on God Is Salvation. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads God The Savior, Salvation Of My God.

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