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elhanan in Easton's Bible Dictionary

whom God has graciously bestowed. (1.) A warrior of the time of David famed for his exploits. In the Authorized Version (2 Sam. 21:19) it is recorded that "Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath." The Revised Version here rightly omits the words "the brother of." They were introduced in the Authorized Version to bring this passage into agreement with 1 Chr. 20:5, where it is said that he "slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath." Goliath the Gittite was killed by David (1 Sam. 17). The exploit of Elhanan took place late in David's reign. (2.) The son of Dodo, and one of David's warriors (2 Sam. 23:24).

elhanan in Smith's Bible Dictionary

(the grace of God). 1. A distinguished warrior in the time of King David, who performed a memorable exploit against the Philistines. #2Sa 21:19; 1Ch 20:5| (B.C. about 1020.) 2. One of "the thirty" of David's guard, and named first on the list. #2Sa 23:24; 1Ch 11:26|

elhanan in Schaff's Bible Dictionary

ELHA'NAN (whom God bestowed). 1. One of David's warriors, who slew a Philistinian giant. 2 Sam 21:19; 1 Chr 20:5. 1. Another of David's warriors. 2 Sam 23:24; 1 Chr 11:26.

elhanan in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

1. Son of Jaare-Oregim, or Jair, the Bethlehemitc. (See JAARE-OREGIM.) Slew Lahmi, brother of Goliath the Gittite (2 Samuel 21:19; 1 Chronicles 20:5). The 'oregim seems to have crept into the first line from the second, where it means "weavers." "The Bethlehemite" is an alteration of eth Lahmi, a confusion being made with 2. Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem; first of "the thirty" of David's guard (2 Samuel 23:24; 1 Chronicles 11:26).