The Prophet Elisha
The Iconography
In 2 Kings 2, the prophet Elijah makes Elisha his successor and then is taken to Heaven in a fiery chariot. Chapters 3-9 then recount his miracles and prophecies in Israel. Among the former was the cure of Naaman of Aram by means of immersion in the River Jordan (II Kings 5), interpreted by Christians as a type of baptism (for example see Glossa Ordinaria, II, 889).

Prepared in 2021 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University.


Lorenzetti's portrait of Elisha, 1329. (See the description page.)

Elisha's portrait in a rood screen in Venice. (See the description page.)


  • In the Latin Vulgate and the Douay-Rheims translation, his name is Eliseus.


  • Lived in the 9th century B.C.