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El´ee-ay´zuhr; Heb., “God has helped”

The name of seven different people in the OT, the foremost being the third son of Aaron. He and his brothers became priests (Exod 29; Lev 8), and he later became high priest when Aaron died (Num 20:25-28). He served as high priest during the remaining years of Moses’s leadership and through Joshua’s tenure as leader. An Eleazar is also mentioned in the list of Joseph’s ancestors in Matt 1:15.

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.