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For the mathematician and Tamil activist see C.J. Eliezer; for the AI researcher and writer on rationality see Eliezer Yudkowsky; for the Levite priest of the Hebrew Bible, see Eleazar.

Eliezer (Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר, Modern Eliʿézer Tiberian ʾĔlîʿézer, "Help/Court of my God") was the name of at least three different individuals in the Bible.

The son of Moses

Eliezer was Moses and Zipporah's second son. His name means "God is help" in Hebrew.

The verse in the Book of Exodus (18:4) states:

The name of the (other) son was Eliezer, because 'My father's God (Eli) was my helper (ezer), rescuing me from Pharaoh's sword.

Both Gershom and Eliezer were born during the time Moses had taken refuge in Midian and had married Jethro's daughter Zipporah.

Eliezer of Damascus

There is also an Eliezer known as Eliezer of Damascus (Hebrew: דַּמֶּשֶׂק אֱלִיעֶזֶר, Modern Damméseq Eliʿézer Tiberian Damméśeq ʾĔlîʿézer), son of Nimrod[1], and head of the patriarch Abraham's household mentioned in the Book of Genesis (15:2).

And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt Thou give me,seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? — King James Version

According to most interpretations, the unnamed servant in Genesis 24 who searched for a bride for Isaac was this Eliezer. There is also an interpretation, cited by Rashi, that Eliezer went alone with Abraham to rescue Lot, with the reference to 318 men (Genesis 14:14) being the numerical value of Eliezer's name in Hebrew.

Eliezer, prophet

A prophet called Eliezer, son of Dodavah, rebuked King Jehosophat for aligning himself with Ahaziah, the King of Israel. He and Ahaziah built ships in Ezion Geber which were to sail to Tarshish for trade. According to 2 Chronicles (20:37), the ships sank due to his not relying on the Lord:

Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, "Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the LORD will destroy what you have made." The ships were wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade.

Eliezer at Yale

Eliezer is the name of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which supports the activities of the Yale student club at Yale University.


  1. Targum Jonathan Bereishit, 14:14

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