Abinadab in Easton's Bible Dictionary
father of nobleness; i.e., "noble." (1.) A Levite of
Kirjath-jearim, in whose house the ark of the
deposited after having been brought back from the
land of the
Philistines (1 Sam. 7:1). It remained there twenty
it was at length removed by David (1 Sam. 7:1,2; 1
(2.) The second of the eight sons of Jesse (1 Sam.
was with Saul in the campaign against the
Philistines in which
Goliath was slain (1 Sam. 17:13).
(3.) One of Saul's sons, who peristed with his
father in the
battle of Gilboa (1 Sam. 31:2; 1 Chr. 10:2).
(4.) One of Solomon's officers, who "provided
victuals for the
king and his household." He presided, for this
purpose, over the
district of Dor (1 Kings 4:11).
Abinadab in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("father of willingness".)
1. A Levite of Kirjath-jearim, (but (See LEVITES for
doubts as to Abinadab being a Levite,) in whose house the ark
remained twenty years (1 Samuel 7:1-2; 1 Chronicles 13:7);
Eleazar his son was sanctified to keep it.
2. Jesse's second son (1 Samuel 16:8; 1 Samuel 17:13).
3. Saul's son, slain at Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:2).
4. 1 Kings 4:7; 1 Kings 4:11.
Abinadab in Hitchcock's Bible Names
father of a vow
Abinadab in Naves Topical Bible
1. A Levite, in whose house the ark of God rested twenty years
1Sa 7:1,2; 2Sa 6:3,4; 1Ch 13:7
-2. Son of Jesse
1Sa 16:8; 17:13
-3. Also called ISHUI, son of Saul
1Sa 14:49; 31:2
-4. Father of one of Solomon's purveyors. Called in R. V.
Abinadab in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. A Levite, a native of Kirjath-jearim, in whose house the
ark remained 20 years. 1Sa 7:1,2; 1Ch 13:7 (B.C. 1124.)
2. Second son of Jesse, who followed Saul to his war
against the Philistines, 1Sa 16:8; 17:13 (B.C. 1063.)
3. A son of Saul, who was slain with his brothers at
the fatal battle on Mount Gilboa. 1Sa 31:2 (B.C. 1053.)
4. Father of one of the twelve chief officers of
Solomon. 1Ki 4:11 (B.C. before 1014.)
Abinadab in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a-bin'-a-dab ('abhinadhabh, "father of willingness," or, "my
father is willing." This is according to the ordinary usage
of the second word in the name--"willing" rather than
"munificent" or "noble"):
(1) The man in whose house the men of Kiriath-jearim placed
the ark, after its return from the land of the Philistines,
his house being either in Gibeah of Benjamin or "in the
hill" (1 Sam 7:1; 2 Sam 6:3,4). To account for the ambiguity
note that gibh`ah means hill, and that the place-name Gibeah
ordinarily has the definite article. It is natural to think
that Abinadab was himself a man of Kiriath-jearim, though
the account does not explicitly say so. The record is that
the men of Kiriath-jearim were summoned to take charge of
the ark at a time when no one else dared to have it (1 Sam
6:20,21); and the implication seems to be that they had no
option to refuse. Possibly this was due to their being
Gibeonites, and hereditary "bondmen" of "the house of my
God" (Josh 9:17,23). However this may be, they "sanctified"
Abinadab's son Eleazar to have charge of the ark. According
to the Hebrew and some of the Greek copies, the ark was in
Gibeah in the middle of the reign of King Saul (1 Sam
About a century later, according to the Bible numbers, David
went with great pomp to Kiriath-jearim, otherwise known as
Baalah or Baale-judah, to bring the ark from Kiriath-jearim,
out of the house of Abinadab in the hill (or, in Gibeah),
and place it in Jerusalem (1 Ch 13; 2 Sam 6). The new cart
was driven by two descendants of Abinadab. There may or may
not have been another Abinadab then living, the head of the
(2) The second of the eight sons of Jesse, one of the three
who were in Saul's army when Goliath gave his challenge (1
Sam 16:8; 17:13; 1 Ch 2:13).
(3) One of the sons of King Saul (1 Ch 8:33; 9:39; 10:2; 1
Sam 31:2). He died in the battle of Gilboa, along with his
father and brothers.
(4) In 1 Ki 4:11 the King James Version has "the son of
Abinadab," where the Revised Version (British and American)
has BEN-ABINADAB, which see.
Willis J. Beecher
Abinadab in Wikipedia
A man of Kirjath-jearim widely identified as a Levite (but
possibly a Judahite), in whose house the ark of the covenant
was deposited after having been brought back from the land
of the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:1 ). It remained there twenty
years, until it was at length removed by David (1 Samuel
7:1,2 ; 1 Chronicles 13:7 ).
It has been argued that the ark stayed at Abinadab's home
for much longer than 20 years. After the ark was placed in
Abinadab's home, the Bible counts 20 years before Israel
cried to God and Samuel, asking for a king. Saul was then
installed as king. He ruled for 40 years, and several more
years passed before David took the ark from Abinadab's house
to bring it to Jerusalem.
The second of the eight sons of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:8 ). He
was with Saul in the campaign against the Philistines in
which Goliath was slain (1 Samuel 17:13 ).
One of Saul's sons, who perished with his father in the
battle of Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:2 ; 1 Chronicles 10:2 ).
Ben-abinadab; One of Solomon's officers, who "provided
victuals for the king and his household." He presided, for
this purpose, over the region of Dor and had Taphath a
daughter of Solomon to wife.(1 Kings 4:7-11 ).
Abinadab Scripture - 1 Chronicles 10:2
And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his
sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and
Malchishua, the sons of Saul.
Abinadab Scripture - 1 Chronicles 8:33
And Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat
Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal.
Abinadab Scripture - 1 Samuel 17:13
And the three eldest sons of Jesse went [and] followed Saul to
the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the
battle [were] Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab,
and the third Shammah.
Abinadab Scripture - 1 Samuel 31:2
And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons;
and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and
Malchishua, Saul's sons.
Abinadab Scripture - 1 Samuel 7:1
And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of
the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the
hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the