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Elishaphat meaning

אלישפט

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🔼The name Elishaphat in the Bible

The name Elishaphat occurs only once in the Bible. He is a son of Zichri and a captain in service of Jehoiada, the priest whose wife Jehoshabeath had saved prince Joash from assassination by former queen mother Athaliah (2 Chronicles 23:1). Elishaphat and his colleagues round up an army from among Israel, go back to Jerusalem, crown Joash and execute Athaliah.

🔼Etymology of the name Elishaphat

The name Elishaphat consists of two elements, the first one 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.

The second part of our name comes from the verb שפט (shapat) meaning to judge or govern:

🔼Elishaphat meaning

For a meaning of the name Elishaphat, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads God Has Judged. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes God The Judge or God Judges, and explains this by adding "i.e. defends him". BDB Theological Dictionary translates this name with God has Judged.