Elisheba, also spelled Elisheva (//; אֱלִישֶׁבַע ’Ělîšeḇa‘), was the wife of Aaron, the older brother of Moses and the ancestor of the Jewish high priests, according to the Hebrew Bible. She is said to be a daughter of Amminadab, and a sister of Nahshon, from the Tribe of Judah (Exodus 6:23).
In Hebrew names, Eli means "my God" and Sheba means "oath", so Eli-sheba is oath of my God or "(My) God is an oath". The name's first part can be compared to what Jesus is believed to have said on the cross in the Gospel according to Matthew 27:46: "Eli Eli lama sabachthani?" which is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?".
In the New Testament, in first chapter of the Gospel according to Luke, a woman named Elisabet (Greek: Ἐλισάβετ) is said to be a descendant of Aaron and the wife of Zechariah, who was also a priest. She was allegedly a relative of Mary, mother of Jesus and gave birth to John the Baptist. Elizabeth is the common modern English variant of Elisabet, derived from Elisheba. A notable example is Queen Elizabeth II.
Alishba is a modern South Asian name that derives from Elisheba. An example is the Pakistani actress Alishba Yousuf.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- Book of Exodus, Chapter 6
- Strong's Concordance, 2241. éli
- Strong's Concordance, 472. Elisheba
- Gospel according to Matthew, 27:46
- Englishman's Concordance, Ἐλισάβετ
- Gospel according to Luke, Chapter 1
- Thomas, Siobhan (2016). Best Baby Names for 2017: Over 8,000 names and 100 inspiration lists. London: Random House. p. 365. ISBN 9781473528956. Retrieved 12 August 2018.