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Elisheba meaning

אלישבע

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🔼The name Elisheba in the Bible

The beautiful name Elisheba occurs only once in the Bible (not counting the Greek transliteration Elizabeth). Elisheba is the name of the wife of Aaron (Exodus 6:23).

We don't hear anything from Elisheba in the rest of the Bible, but she and Aaron have four sons: Nadab and Abihu are executed by God for offering "strange fire" (Leviticus 10:1-2); Eleazar and Ithamar become major players in the organizational structure of Israel.

🔼Etymology of the name Elisheba

The Hebrew name Elisheba, consists of two parts. The first part is 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 is identical to the name Sheba II, and comes from either שבע (sheba), meaning seven, or שבע (shaba), meaning oath, swear, adjure:

🔼Elisheba meaning

For a meaning of the name Elisheba, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads the same as for Elizabeth, namely God Is An Oath. BDB Theological Dictionary too renders God Is An Oath, and explains it by adding "by which one swears". Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with God Of The Seven, Oath Of My God and God Is Her Oath.

Read our article on the root group אלה ('lh) for a look at the close relationship between the words אל (El), and the verb אלה ('ala), meaning to swear.