A Hebrew Prophet Elisha, whose history is given in the books of Kings. He was ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen when Elijah called him to the prophetic office. At the moment when Elijah disappeared from the earth, Elisha received his mantle, and was recognized by the other prophets as their spiritual chief. He divided the waters of the Jordan by extending over them the robe of his master; rendered the bitter fountain of Jericho sweet by casting salt into it; cursed the children of Bethel, who mocked him, and were devoured by two bears; predicted the victory of Jehoram and Jehoshaphat over the Moabites; restored the fortune of a widow persecuted by her creditors; raised to life the son of a woman of Shunam who had given him hospitality; and cured the leprosy of Naaman. He defeated the projects of Benhadad, king of Syria, against Israel, and caused the host sent to capture himself to be struck with blindness. Samaria being reduced to extreme famine by siege, Elisha predicted incredible abundance, which was suddenly obtained by the panic and flight of the Syrian army, who left their tents filled with gold and provisions. He foretold the death of Benhadad, and the succession of Hazael, his murderer.
Upon his deathbed he was visited by King Joash, to whom he promised three victories over the Syrians. His death is commonly fixed about 840 B. C. - Elisha is canonized in the Greek church; his day is June 14. Under that date the traditions concerning him are given in the Acta Sanctorum. In the time of Jerome his mausoleum was shown at Samaria. Under Julian his reputed bones were taken from their receptacle and burned.