Easton's Bible Dictionary
God his help.
(1) "Of Damascus," the "steward" (RSV, "possessor") of Abraham's house ( Genesis
15:2 , 15:3 ). It was probably he who headed the embassy sent by Abraham to the
old home of his family in Padan-aram to seek a wife for his son Isaac. The account
of this embassy is given at length in Genesis 24 .
(2) The son of Becher, and grandson of Benjamin ( 1 Chronicles 7:8 ).
(3) One of the two sons of Moses, born during his sojourn in Midian ( Exodus 18:4
; 1 Chronicles 23:15 , 23:17 ). He remained with his mother and brother Gershom
with Jethro when Moses returned to Egypt. ( Exodus 18:4 ). They were restored
to Moses when Jethro heard of his departure out of Egypt.
(4) One of the priests who blew the trumpet before the ark when it was brought
to Jerusalem ( 1 Chronicles 15:24 ).
(5) Son of Zichri, and chief of the Reubenites under David ( 1 Chronicles 27:16
(6) A prophet in the time of Jehoshaphat ( 2 Chronicles 20:37 ). Others of this
name are mentioned Luke 3:29 ; Ezra 8:16 ; 10:18 , 10:23 , 10:31 .
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(God is his help).
(1) Abrahams chief servant, called by him "Eliezer of Damascus." ( Genesis 15:2
) (B.C. 1857.)
(2) Second son of Moses and Zipporah (B.c. 1523), to whom his father gave this
name because "the God of my father was mine help, and delivered me from the sword
of Pharaoh." ( Exodus 18:4 ; 1 Chronicles 23:15 , 23:17 ; 26:25 )
(3) One of the sons of Becher, the son of Benjamin. ( 1 Chronicles 7:8 )
(4) A priest in the reign of David. ( 1 Chronicles 15:24 )
(5) Son of Zichri, ruler of the Reubenites in the reign of David. ( 1 Chronicles
(6) Son of Dodavah, of Mareshah in Judah, ( 2 Chronicles 20:37 ) a prophet, who
rebuked Jehoshaphat for joining himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. (B.C. 895.)
(7) A chief Israelite whom Ezra sent with others from Ahava to Cesiphia, to induce
some Levites and Nethinim to accompany him to Jerusalem. ( Ezra 8:16 ) (B.C. 459.)
8 , 9 , 10.
(8) A priest, a Levite and an Israelite of the sons of Harim, who had married
foreign wives. ( Ezra 10:18 , 10:23 , 10:31 )
(9) Son of Jorim, in the genealogy of Christ. ( Luke 3:29 )
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
el-i-e'-zer, e-li-e'-zer ('eli`ezer; Eliezer, "God is
(1) The chief servant of Abram (Genesis 15:2); the American Standard Revised Version
"Eliezer of Damascus," the English Revised Version "Dammesek Eliezer." The Hebrew
is peculiar: literally, "And the son of the possession (mesheq) of my house is
Dammeseq (of) Eliezer." A possible but unlikely meaning is that his property would
become the possession of Damascus, the city of Eliezer. Targum Syriac (Revised
Version margin) read "Eliezer the Damascene": this supposes a reading, "Eliezer
ha- dammasqi" or "mid-dammeseq." The text may be corrupt: the assonance between
mesheq and Dammeseq is suspicious. Abram calls Eliezer "one born in my house"
i.e. a dependant, a member of his household, and so regards him as his heir, Lot
having gone from him (Genesis 13). Eliezer is probably the servant, "the eider
of his house, that ruled over all that he had," of Genesis 24.
(2) The 2nd son of Moses and Zipporah, called thus for "the God of my father was
my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh" (Exodus 18:4 ; 1 Chronicles
(3) A son of Becher, one of the sons of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 7:8).
(4) A priest who assisted in bringing up the ark from the house of Obed-edom to
Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 15:24).
(5) The son of Zichri, ruler over the Reubenites in the time of David (1 Chronicles
(6) The son of Dodavahu of Mareshah who prophesied the destruction of the ships
which Jehochaphat, king of Judah, built, because he had done so in cooperation
with Ahaziah, king of Israel (2 Chronicles 20:35).
(7) One of the messengers whom Ezra sent to Iddo, the chief at Casiphia, with
the request for ministers for the Temple (Ezra 8:16).
(8), (9), (10) A priest, a Levite, and one of the sons of Harim who had married
non-Israelitish women (Ezra 10:18 , 23 , 11).
(11) An ancestor of Jesus in the genealogy given by Luke (Luke 3:29).
S. F. Hunter
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