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Elishah
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A descendant of Japheth through Javan (Gen 10:4; 1 Chr 1:7).Elishah is the oldest of the four sons of Javan, who later comes to be identified with Greece. His descendants inhabited the “coasts of Elishah” (Ezek 27:7), from which the Phoenicians got their purple and blue dye. This region may be identified with all or part of Cyprus, called Alašiya in Akkadian, Hittite, and Ugaritic inscriptions (Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 217). The first-century historian Josephus identifies Elishah’s descendants with the Aeolians (Antiquities, 1.127).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Elishah, Son of Javan
Elishah, Son of Javan (אֱלִישָׁה‎, elishah). A descendant of Japheth through Javan (Gen 10:4; 1 Chr 1:7).Elishah is the oldest of the four sons of Javan, who later comes to be identified with Greece. His descendants inhabited the “coasts of Elishah” (Ezek 27:7), from which the Phoenicians got their purple
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Elishah (Person)
ELISHAH (PERSON) [Heb ʾĕlı̂šâ (אֱלִישָׁה)]. A son of Javan (Gen 10:4; 1 Chr 1:7), grandson of Japeth and great-grandson of Noah. In the Sam. Pent. the name is ʾelı̂šā. His name, like those of a number of other people in the Table of Nations in Genesis 10, became associated with a geographical area,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Elishah
Elishah. Javan’s son (Gn 10:4; 1 Chr 1:7). The Hebrew term for Greece is Javan, hence Elishah could designate the western Aegean islands or coastlands (cf. Gn 10:5) that supplied dye stuffs to the inhabitants of Tyre (Ez 27:7). The Jewish historian Josephus identified Elishah with the Aeolians; other
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Elishah
Elishah ē-līʹshə [Heb. ʾĕlîšâ—‘God saves’; Gk. Elisa, Eleisai]. Mentioned in Gen. 10:4; 1 Ch. 1:7 as the eldest son of Javan, and in Ezk. 27:7 as the source from which the Tyrians obtained their purple dyes. On the basis of this latter statement attempts have been made to identify it with southern
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Elishah
ELISHAH Javan’s son (Gn 10:4; 1 Chr 1:7). The Hebrew term for Greece is Javan; hence, Elishah could be the term for the western Aegean islands or coastlands (cf. Gn 10:5) that supplied dye stuffs to the inhabitants of Tyre (Ez 27:7). The Jewish historian Josephus identified Elishah with the Aeolians;
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Elishah
Elishah (i-li´shuh).1 The son of Javan (Greece) in Gen. 10:4 and 1 Chron. 1:7.2 An island producing valuable dyed goods in Ezek. 27:7. This suggests that Elishah is Cyprus, which was known as Alashia in cuneiform (i.e., Babylonian and Assyrian) sources.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Elishah
ELISHAH1. Grandson of Japheth in the list of “heads of nations” in Ge 10:4 and 1 Chr 1:7. Josephus (Ant. i.6.1) identifies this name with the Aeolians.2. A coastal region which sold blue and purple dye to Tyre (Ezk 27:7). Elishah is associated with Alashia, common to cuneiform records found in a number
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Elishah
ELISHAH. The eldest son of *Javan (Gn. 10:4 = 1 Ch. 1:7), whose name was later applied to his descendants, who inhabited a maritime region (’iyyê, ‘isles’ or ‘coastlands’) which traded purple to Tyre (Ezk. 27:7). It is very probable that the biblical name ’elîšâ (lxx Elisa) is to be equated with
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Elishah
Elishah (Heb. ʾĕlɩ̂šâ)Reputedly the son of Javan (Greece) and grandson of Japheth listed in the Table of Nations (Gen. 10:4; 1 Chr. 1:7). The name is associated with a coastal territory renowned (even in Tyre) for high-quality purple dyes (Ezek. 27:7). Most scholars identify Elishah with Alasûiya
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Elishah
Elishah [ĭ līˊshə] (Heb. ˒elîšâ “God saves”). The firstborn son of Javan the son of Japheth (Gen. 10:4 par. 1 Chr. 1:7). At Ezek. 27:7 Tyre is said to have traded with the “coasts of Elishah,” a coastal region between Egypt and Sidon. Though suggested identifications range from Carthage to the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Elishah
ELISHAH A son of Javan (Gen 10:4; 1 Chr 1:7), grandson of Japheth, and great-grandson of Noah. On the basis of the Table of Nations (Gen 10), his name was attached to a geographical location, most likely in the Aegean.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Elishah
Eli´shah (God is salvation), the eldest son of Javan. Gen. 10:4. The residence of his descendants is described in Ezek. 27:7 as the isles of Elishah, whence the Phœnicians obtained their purple and blue dyes. Some connect the race of Elishah with the Æolians, others with Elis, and in a more extended
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