Elhanan, son of Dodo

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The Biblical Elhanan was the son of Dodo (2 Samuel 23:24, 1 Chronicles 11:26). He was a member of King David’s elite fighters known as The Thirty.


Some, including Moshe Garsiel,[1] believe he was in fact the same person as the Elhanan mentioned in 2 Samuel 21:19 and 1 Chronicles 20:5, the son of Jair from Bethlehem, and that the Bible is crediting him as the killer of Goliath. Garsiel concludes "that Elhanan is David’s previous name before he became king."[2] Moreover, the Hebrew names David and Dodo are very similar, and were originally written without vowels as "DVD" and "DDV" respectively (דוד and דדו).[importance?]


  1. ^ Moshe Garsiel, "David's Elite Warriors and their Exploits in the Books of Samuel and Chronicles", Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Volume 11 Article 5 (2011)
  2. ^ Garsiel, p.16.