The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Elisha the Prophet
Elisha the Prophet Son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah; successor of the prophet Elijah. Elisha was active in Israel for 60 years (892–832 bc), performing miracles, teaching students, and acting in state affairs during the reigns of kings Joram (Jehoram), Jehu, Jehoahaz, and Jehoash (Joash).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Elisha (Person)
ELISHA (PERSON) [Heb ʾĕlı̂šāʿ (אֱלִישָׁע)]. A northern prophet of the 9th century, the son of Shaphat from Abel-meholah. He was a follower and the designated successor of Elijah (1 Kgs 19:16–21; 2 Kgs 2). He appears to have been active during the reigns of Ahab, Ahaziah, and Jehoram, ca. 850–800 b.c.e.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gilgal (of Samaria)
2. The Gilgal of Elijah and Elisha has been identified by some scholars with 1; but the description of the journey of these prophets to Transjordan by way of Bethel and Jericho (2 K. 2:1–8) suggests the existence of another Gilgal in the hill country above Bethel. Today a Jiljûlieh does exist, about
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ELISHA Prophet in Israel during the ninth century bc.Background and Call Elisha is first mentioned in 1 Kings 19:16, where he is described as the son of Shaphat, who lived at Abel-meholah. That place has been tentatively identified with the modern Tel Abu Sifri, west of the river Jordan, though many
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Elisha (i-li´shuh; Heb., “El [God] is salvation”), a prophet of the northern kingdom, Israel, who is presented as being active during the reigns of Joram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and Jehoash (Joash), a period that would encompass some fifty years (ca. 850–800 bce). Scholars generally believe that stories concerning
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ELISHA. The attendant of Elijah (q.v.) and his successor as prophet in Israel. His Heb. name ’ĕlɩ̂shā‘ means “God is salvation.” Its Gr. form is Elissaios, as in Lk 4:27 (KJV, Eliseus).Background. Elisha was the son of Shaphat from Abel-meholah (q.v.) in the Jordan Valley. The family must have had
ELISEUS. The form of the name Elisha used in the NT (Lk 4:27) and throughout the Douay Version. See Elisha.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ELISHA. The 9th-century prophet of Israel. His name appears in the Heb. OT as ’elîšā‘, in the Gk. OT as Eleisaie, in Josephus as Elissaios and in the NT as Elisaios. The name means ‘God is salvation’. His father’s name was Shaphat.All that can be known about Elisha’s background is found in 1 Ki.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Elisha (Heb. ʾĕlɩ̂šāʿ)The “man of God” who ministered to and succeeded Elijah, after which he performed miracles and pronounced visionary oracles. The accounts of Elisha’s discipleship of Elijah (1 Kgs. 19:19–21) and succession of his Moses-like master (2 Kgs. 2:1–18) were probably added to link
Gilgal (Heb. gilgāl)1. A place “opposite” Mts. Gerizim and Ebal. Deut. 11:30 describes it as both “in the land of” the Canaanites dwelling in the Arabah (which could refer to Gilgal near Jericho) and “beside” the oaks of Moreh (which would indicate another Gilgal near Shechem).2. A place E of Jericho
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Elisha [ĭ līˊshə] (Heb. ˒elîšā˓ “[my] God is salvation”; Gk. Elisaios).† The son of Shaphat, from Abelmeholah (east of the Jordan; 1 Kgs. 19:16), and the successor of Elijah.
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Elijah and Elisha
Elijah and elishaElijah and Elisha were two great prophets (see Prophets and Prophecy) of Israel*. The memory of their ministries and miraculous activity led to the expectation that the period of the end would bring a rebirth of their divinely inspired labor. Each of these figures can be examined with
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ELISHA (Hebrew, “God is salvation”) A ninth-century b.c. prophet of Israel, the designated successor of Elijah (1 Kgs 19:16–21; 2 Kgs 2), whose ministry extended across the reigns of Ahab, Ahaziah, Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and Jehoash (1 Kgs 19:19–21; 2 Kgs 2–13). He was the son of Shaphat from Abel-meholah.