(ih lihssh' uh muh) Personal name meaning, “God heard.” 1. Leader of the tribe of Ephraim under Moses in the wilderness (Numbers 1:10). He presented the tribe's offerings at the dedication of the altar (Numbers 7:48-53). Compare
1 Chronicles 7:26. 2. David's son born after he captured and moved to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:16). He is apparently listed twice in
1 Chronicles 3:6,1 Chronicles 3:8, though
1 Chronicles 14:5 reads the first Elishama as Elishua, as in
2 Samuel 5:15. 3. A royal scribe under King Jehoiakim (609-597 B.C.). Baruch's scroll of Jeremiah's preaching was stored in Elishama's room before it was taken to be read to the king (Jeremiah 36:12-21). 4. An ancestor with royal bloodlines of Ishmael, the person who murdered Gedaliah and took over political control of Judah immediately after Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem (2 Kings 25:25). 5. A descendant of the clan of Jerahmeel in the tribe of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:41). 6. Priest under King Jehoshaphat (873-848 B.C.). He taught the book of the law to the people of Judah at the king's request (2 Chronicles 17:7-9).
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