22 Facts About Elisha


Elisha was, according to the Hebrew Bible, a prophet and a wonder-worker.

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Elisha's name is commonly transliterated into English as Elisha via Hebrew, Eliseus via Greek and Latin, or Alyasa via Arabic, and Elyasa or Elyesa via Turkish.

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Also mentioned in the New Testament and the Quran, Elisha is venerated as a prophet in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and writings of the Baha'i Faith refer to him by name.

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Elisha then went on to perform twice as many miracles as Elijah.

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Elisha became noted in Israel, and for six decades held the office of "prophet in Israel".

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Elisha is called a patriot because of his help to soldiers and kings.

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Elisha's story is related in the Books of Kings in the Hebrew Bible.

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Elisha was the son of Shaphat, a wealthy land-owner of Abel-meholah; he became the attendant and disciple of Elijah.

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Elisha delayed only long enough to kill the yoke of oxen, whose flesh he boiled with the wood of his plough.

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Elisha became Elijah's close attendant until Elijah was taken up into heaven.

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Critics of this view point out that Elisha was already appointed as Elijah's successor earlier in the narrative and that Elisha is described as performing twice as many miracles as Elijah.

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Elisha fed a hundred men with twenty loaves of new barley, leaving some leftover, in a story which is comparable with the miracles of Jesus in the New Testament.

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Elisha cured the Syrian military commander Naaman of leprosy but punished his own servant Gehazi, who took money from Naaman.

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Elisha then journeyed to Damascus and prophesied that Hazael would be king over Syria, while weeping because of the evil he would do.

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Elisha directs one of the sons of the prophets to anoint Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, as king of Israel, and commissions him to cut off the house of Ahab.

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Elisha predicts three successful battles over the Arameans, but no absolute victory.

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Elisha is venerated as a saint in a number of Christian Churches.

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Elisha is commemorated as a prophet in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

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Today, the relics of Elisha are claimed to be among the possessions of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great in Scetes, Egypt.

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Elisha is venerated as a prophet in all of Islam, and is prophetic successor to Elijah.

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Elisha is mentioned twice in the Quran as a prophet, alongside fellow prophets.

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Some Muslims believe the tomb of Elisha is in Al-Awjam in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

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