Abishua

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Abishua (Hebrew: אֲבִישׁוּעַ’Ăḇîšūa‘, "my father is rescue") was an early High priest of Israel.

Abishua is mentioned in the books 1 Chronicles (6:35) and Ezra (7:5) as the son of the High Priest Phinehas, son of Eleazar. As such, he is the great-grandson of Aaron, the brother of Moses and first High Priest. (Melchizedek is the first high priest). It is likely that Abishua was a contemporary of the Israelite judge Ehud and the Moabite king Eglon.[1]

According to Josephus and other extrabiblical sources, he succeeded his father as High Priest.[2][citation needed] High priests were Melchizedk, Aaron, Elijah and Joshua/Yeshua/Jesus ... There is a difference, God appointed these individuals and not mankind.

Name and namesakes[edit]

  • The meaning of the name "Abishua" is uncertain, but may be "the (divine) father is opulence."[3]
  • The name also appears in reference to a grandson of Benjamin in 1 Chronicles 8:4.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Topical Bible: Abishua". biblehub.com. 
  2. ^ "Adam to Angell - Genealogy.com". www.genealogy.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  3. ^ Cheyne and Black (1899), Encyclopaedia Biblica, entry for "Abishua."
Israelite religious titles
Preceded by
Phinehas
High Priest of Israel
Years unknown
Succeeded by
Shesha (According to Samaritans)
Bukki (according to the Tanakh)