Elish'ama (Hebrew Elishama', אלִֵישָׁמָ , whom God has heard), the name of several men.
1. (Sept. Ε᾿λισαμά v.r. in Chron. Ε᾿λισαμαϊv.) Son of Ammihud, and "prince" or "captain" (both נָשִׂיא, i.e., phylarch) of the tribe of Ephraim at the Exode (Nu 1:10; Nu 2:18; Nu 7:48,53; Nu 10:22). B.C. 1658. From the genealogy in 1Ch 7:26, we find that he was the grandfather of Joshua.
2. (Sept. Ε᾿λισαμά v.r. Ε᾿λισά.) The second of the nine sons of David born at Jerusalem, exclusive of those by Bathsheba (1Ch 3:6); called in the parallel passages (2Sa 5:15; 1Ch 14:5) by apparently the more correct name ELISHUA SEE ELISHUA (q.v.).
3. (Sept. Ε᾿λισαμά.) The seventh of the same series of sons (2Sa 5:16; 1Ch 3:8; 1Ch 14:7); being one of the thirteen, or, according to the record of Samuel, the eleven, sons born to David of his wives after his establishment in Jerusalem. B.C. post 1044. The list in Josephus (Ant. 7:3, 3) has no similar name. SEE DAVID.
4. (Sept. Ε᾿λισαμά.) One of the two priests sent by Jehoshaphat with the Levites to teach the Law through the cities of Judah (2Ch 17:8). B.C. 912.
5. (Sept. Ε᾿λισαμά᾿.) Son of Jekamiah, a descendant of Judah (1Ch 2:41). In the Jewish traditions preserved by Jerome (Qu. Hebr. on 1Ch 2:41) he appears to be identified with
6. (Sept. Ελισαμά v.r. in Jeremiah Ε᾿λασά and Ε᾿λεασά.) A member of the royal line of Judah; father of Nethaniah, and grandfather of Ishmael who slew Gedaliah, provisional governor of Jerusalem after its capture by the Babylonians (2Ki 25:25; Jer 41:1). B.C. considerably ante 588.
7. (Sept. Ε᾿λισαμά.) A royal scribe in whose chamber the roll of Jeremiah was read to him and other assembled magnates, and afterwards deposited for a time (Jer 36:12,20-21). B.C. 605.