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Elisheba, also spelled Elisheva (/əˈlɪʃɪbə/; אֱלִישֶׁבַע ’Ělîšeḇa‘), was the wife of Aaron, the elder brother of Moses and the ancestor of the Jewish high priests, according to the Hebrew Bible.[1] She is said to be a daughter of Amminadab, and a sister of Nahshon, from the Tribe of Judah (Exodus 6:23).[2]

The Hebrew name is composed of two parts. In Hebrew, "El" signifies "God"[3] and "Sheba" means "abundance",[4] so the name Eli-sheba can be translated as "God is abundance".

In the New Testament, in first chapter of the Gospel according to Luke, a woman named Elisabet (Greek: Ἐλισάβετ[5]) is said to be a descendant of Aaron and the wife of Zechariah, who was also a priest. She was a relative of Mary, mother of Jesus and gave birth to John the Baptist.[6] Elizabeth is the common modern English variant of Elisabet, derived from Elisheba.[7] A notable example is Queen Elizabeth II.

Alishba is a modern South Asian name that derives from Elisheba.[7] An example is the Pakistani actress Alishba Yousuf.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Book of Exodus, Chapter 6
  3. ^ Gesenius' dictionary, 45. el
  4. ^ Gesenius' dictionary, 783. sheba
  5. ^ Englishman's Concordance, Ἐλισάβετ
  6. ^ Gospel according to Luke, Chapter 1
  7. ^ a b 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.