Elisha in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
A prophet, the disciple and successor of Elijah. He was the
son of Shaphat, lived at Abel-meholah, at the northern end of
the Jordan valley and a little South of the Sea of Galilee.
Nothing is told of his parents but the father's name, though
he must have been a man of some wealth and doubtless of
earnest piety. No hint is given of Elisha's age or birth-
place, and it is almost certain that he was born and reared at
Abel-meholah, and was a comparatively young man when we first
hear of him. His early life thus was spent on his father's
estate, in a god-fearing family, conditions which have
produced so many of God's prophets. His moral and religious
nature was highly developed in such surroundings, and from his
work on his father's farm he was called to his training as a
prophet and successor of Elijah.
I. His Call and Preparation.
The first mention of him occurs in 1 Ki 19:16. Elijah was at
Horeb, learning perhaps the greatest lesson of his life; and
one of the three duties with which he was charged was to
anoint Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, as prophet
in his stead...
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