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Variants: Elchanan, Elhannan, Elkanah, Elchana, Elkana, and Johanan
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(1.) A warrior of the time of David famed for his exploits. In the Authorized Version (Sa2 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 Ch1 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 (Sa2 23:24).
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Bicknell, Elhanan (1788–1861): British art patron and businessman
Helpman, Elhanan (1946- ): Israeli-American economist who works in the field of international trade, political economy and economic growth. Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade, Harvard University.
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