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Elishah meaning

אלישה
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🔼The name Elishah in the Bible

The name Elishah is assigned twice in the Bible:

  • The only human Elisha is a son of Javan, son of Japheth, son of Noah (Genesis 10:4).
  • The other Elisha is a region (Ezekiel 27:7), most probably somewhere in Greece, associated with the son of Javan (Javan is the Biblical name for Greece).

🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Elishah

The name Elishah is a compound of two elements. The first part is אל, the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God.

The second part is identical to ישה (yshh), an unused Hebrew root:

Following this etymology, the name Elishah would mean God Supports/ Advances/ Makes Equal.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names sees the remnant of another unused Hebrew root ישה, meaning to set upright, to stand, but then veers off towards an inexplicable meaning that includes the verb ישע (yasha'), meaning to save:

In fact, for no discernible reason, the majority of translators seem to acknowledge no difference between the names אלישה (Elishah) and אלישע (Elisha), and go with an interpretation that Jerome once submitted: Dei Mei Salvatio, meaning God Is My Salvation.

Perhaps all assume that the name Elisha evolved into Elishah but the meaning didn't evolve along.

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