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Elisheba (Hebrew: אלישבע, ʼĒlīshẹḇaʻ; "Name means::My God has sworn") (m. ca. Married::2478 AM) was the wife of Aaron and the mother of Aaron's four sons.

Life and family

The Bible gives the name of Elisheba's father (Amminadab), brother (Nahshon), husband (Aaron), and sons (Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar) in a single verse. (Exodus 6:23 ) The Bible does not specifically state when she was married or even when she was born.

2478 AM (1527 BC) is the latest possible year of her marriage. All four of her sons were consecrated into the Aaronic priesthood during the first year of the wanderings of Israel, in 2514 AM (ca. 1491-90 BC). The youngest of them must, therefore, have been at least 30 years old by then, and the eldest of four must have been 33 years old or older.

She and her husband Aaron were actually two generations apart, on account of the rapid engendering of her ancestors Pharez and Hezron before the first seventy souls of Jacob entered Egypt.


descendant of::Jacob
descendant of::Leah
descendant of::Judah
descendant of::Tamar
descendant of::Pharez
descendant of::Hezron
granddaughter of::Ram
daughter of::Amminadab
wife of::Aaron
sister of::Nahshon
mother of::Abihu
mother of::Ithamar
grandmother of::Phinehas

Elisheba represents a branch in the direct line of descent to ancestor of::Jesus Christ, through her father Amminadab of Judah.[1] Furthermore, through her marriage to Aaron, she is a direct ancestress of ancestor of::John the Baptist.

Significance of the name

The name Elisheba speaks of God and of oaths, and therefore speaks of faith.

See Also

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  1. Blank, Wayne. "Entry for Elisheba." Daily Bible Study, n.d. Accessed December 4, 2008.