Bible Names A-G: Elhanan
Elhanan in Easton's Bible Dictionary
whom God has graciously bestowed. (1.) A warrior of the time
David famed for his exploits. In the Authorized
Version (2 Sam.
21:19) it is recorded that "Elhanan the son of
Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath." The
here rightly omits the words "the brother of." They
introduced in the Authorized Version to bring this
agreement with 1 Chr. 20:5, where it is said that he
the brother of Goliath." Goliath the Gittite was
killed by David
(1 Sam. 17). The exploit of Elhanan took place late
(2.) The son of Dodo, and one of David's warriors (2
Elhanan in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Son of Jaare-Oregim, or Jair, the Bethlehemitc. (See JAARE-
OREGIM.) Slew Lahmi, brother of Goliath the Gittite (2 Samuel
21:19; 1 Chronicles 20:5). The 'oregim seems to have crept
into the first line from the second, where it means "weavers."
"The Bethlehemite" is an alteration of eth Lahmi, a confusion
being made with
2. Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem; first of "the
thirty" of David's guard (2 Samuel 23:24; 1 Chronicles 11:26).
Elhanan in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Elhanan in Naves Topical Bible
1. A distinguished warrior in the time of David, who killed
Lahmi, the brother of Goliath, the Gittite
-2. Son of Dodo, one of David's heroes
2Sa 23:24; 1Ch 11:26
Elhanan in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(the grace of God).
1. A distinguished warrior in the time of King David,
who performed a memorable exploit against the Philistines. 2Sa
21:19; 1Ch 20:5 (B.C. about 1020.)
2. One of "the thirty" of David's guard, and named
first on the list. 2Sa 23:24; 1Ch 11:26
Elhanan in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
el-ha'-nan ('elchanan, "whom God gave"):
(1) A great warrior in the army of David who slew a
Philistine giant. There is a discrepancy between 2 Sam 21:19
and 1 Ch 20:5. In the former passage we read, "And there was
again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan, the son
of Jaare-oregim the Beth-lehemite, slew Goliath the Gittite,
the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam"; while in
the latter we are told, "And there was again war with the
Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the
brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was
like a weaver's beam." Most modern critics prefer as the
original text of the latter part of the two discrepant
statements the following: "and Elhanan the son of Jair the
Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose
spear was like a weaver's beam." It is contended that the
Chronicler slightly modified the text before him, in order
to bring it into harmony with 1 Sam 17, where David is said
to have slain a Philistine giant Goliath. There is almost
unanimous agreement that "Jaare-oregim" is a corrupt
reading, and the "Jair" in 1 Ch is to be preferred. From
Jerome to the present some scholars identify Elhanan with
David, and thus remove the discrepancy. Ewald ( Hist, III,
70) argued that the name "Goliath" was inserted in 1 Sam 17
and 21 by the narrators whose compositions are embodied in
Samuel, Elhanan being the real victor over Goliath, while
David's antagonist was simply called "the Philistine."
(2) The son of Dodo of Bethlehem, one of David's mighty men
(2 Sam 23:24; 1 Ch 11:26). Some moderns think that there was
only one Elhanan, and that he was the son of Dodo of the
clan of Jair.
Elhanan Scripture - 1 Chronicles 11:26
Also the valiant men of the armies [were], Asahel the brother
of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
Elhanan Scripture - 1 Chronicles 20:5
And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the
son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite,
whose spear staff [was] like a weaver's beam.
Elhanan Scripture - 2 Samuel 21:19
And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines,
where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew
[the brother of] Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear
[was] like a weaver's beam.
Elhanan son of Dodo in Wikipedia
The Biblical Elhanan was the son of Dodo (2 Samuel 23:24, 1
Chronicles 11:26). He was a member of King Davidís elite
fighters known as The Thirty. Some believe he was in fact the
same person as the Elhanan mentioned in 2 Samuel 21:19 and 1
Chronicles 20:5, the son of Jair from Bethlehem, and that the
Bible is crediting him as the killer of Goliath. It should be
pointed out that the Hebrew names, David, and Dodo are very
similar, and originally were written without vowels as, "DVD"
and "DDV" respectively.
Elhanan son of Jair in Wikipedia
The biblical Elhanan son of Jair (variant forms "Jaare-Oregim"
in 2 Samuel 21:19, "Jesse" in 1 Samuel 17:12) is believed by
conservative Bible scholars to be an earlier name of David,
who later became the second King of Israel. (See also Elhanan
son of Dodo.) In the ancient world it was common for people to
be known by one name at one time in their lives and to be
known by another name or names at later times (see retroactive
nomenclature). The name Elhanan is used in 2 Samuel 21:19
where he is mentioned as killing the Philistine giant Goliath
and in 1 Chronicles 20:5, where in addition to Goliath he is
also mentioned as killing Goliathís brother Lahmi.
The King James Version of the Bible adds the phrase "the
brother of" before Goliathís name, in order to avoid
contradicting the better-known story that David killed the
Philistine champion. The insertion is justified by a reference
in Chronicles to Elhanan having killed Goliathís brother.
Other scholars assert that the omission of "brother of" in
Samuel is likely to be a transcription error.
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