Elishah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
e-li'-sha ('elishah, "God saves"; Elisa, Eleisai): Mentioned
in Gen 10:4 as the eldest son of Javan, and in Ezek 27:7 as
the source from which the Tyrians obtained their purple dyes.
On the ground of this latter statement attempts have been made
to identify it with Southern Italy or the north of Africa.
Josephus (Ant., I, vi, 1) identified Elisha with the Aeolians.
The Targum on Ezekiel gives "the province of Italy." Other
suggestions include Hellas, Ells, and Alsa; the last named is
a kingdom mentioned in the Tell el-Amarna Letters, but its
precise location is unknown. It is impossible as yet to claim
certainty for any of these conjectures.
A. C. Grant
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