Bible Names A-G
Elhanan son of Dodo in Wikipedia
The Biblical Elhanan was the son of Dodo (2 Samuel 23:24, 1
Chronicles 11:26). He was a member of King Davidís elite
fighters known as The Thirty. Some 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. It should be
pointed out that the Hebrew names, David, and Dodo are very
similar, and originally were written without vowels as, "DVD"
and "DDV" respectively.
Elhanan son of Jair in Wikipedia
The biblical Elhanan son of Jair (variant forms "Jaare-Oregim"
in 2 Samuel 21:19, "Jesse" in 1 Samuel 17:12) is believed by
conservative Bible scholars to be an earlier name of David,
who later became the second King of Israel. (See also Elhanan
son of Dodo.) In the ancient world it was common for people to
be known by one name at one time in their lives and to be
known by another name or names at later times (see retroactive
nomenclature). The name Elhanan is used in 2 Samuel 21:19
where he is mentioned as killing the Philistine giant Goliath
and in 1 Chronicles 20:5, where in addition to Goliath he is
also mentioned as killing Goliathís brother Lahmi.
The King James Version of the Bible adds the phrase "the
brother of" before Goliathís name, in order to avoid
contradicting the better-known story that David killed the
Philistine champion. The insertion is justified by a reference
in Chronicles to Elhanan having killed Goliathís brother.
Other scholars assert that the omission of "brother of" in
Samuel is likely to be a transcription error.