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(Heb. Abinadab', אֲבַינָדָב, father of nobleness, i.e. noble; Sept. everywhere Ἀμιναδάβ, Vulg. Abinadab. Josephus Ἀβινάδαβος, Ant. 8:2, 3), the name of four men.

1. A Levite of Kirjath-jearim, in whose house, which was on a hill [ (See GIBEAH) ], the ark of the covenant was deposited, after being brought back from the land of the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:1), B.C. 1124. It was committed to the special charge of his son Eleazar; and remained there eighty years, until it was removed by David (2 Samuel 6:3-4; 1 Chronicles 13:7). (See ARK).

2. The second of the eight sons of Jesse, the father of David (1 Samuel 16:8; 1 Chronicles 2:13), and one of the three who followed Saul to the campaign against the Philistines in which Goliath defied the army (1 Samuel 17:13), B.C. 1063,

3. The third named of the four sons of King Saul (1 Chronicles 8:33; 1 Chronicles 9:39), and one of the three who perished with their father in the battle at Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:2; 1 Chronicles 10:2), B.C. 1053. His name appears to be omitted in the list in 1 Samuel 14:49.

4. The father of one of Solomon's purveyors (or rather BEN-ABINIDAB is to be regarded as the name of the purveyor himself), who presided over the district of Dor, and married Taphath, Solomon's daughter (1 Kings 4:11), B.C. ante 1014.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Abinadab'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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