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Meaning: liberal, generous

This was the name of 3 biblical men.

  1. Nadab—the eldest of Aaron's four sons (Ex. 6:23; Num. 3:2)

    He with his brothers and their father were consecrated as priests of Jehovah (Ex. 28:1). He afterwards perished with Abihu for the sin of offering strange fire on the altar of burnt-offering (Lev. 10:1-2; Num. 3:4; 26:60).

  2. King Nadab—the son and successor of Jeroboam, the king of Israel (1 Kings 14:20)

    While engaged with all Israel in laying siege to Gibbethon, a town of southern Dan (Josh. 19:44), a conspiracy broke out in his army, and he was slain by Baasha (1 Kings 15:25-28), after a reign of two years (B.C. 955-953). The assassination of Nadab was followed by that of his whole house, and thus this great Ephraimite family became extinct (1 Kings 15:29).

  3. Nadab—one of the sons of Shammai in the tribe of Judah (1 Chr. 2:28, 30).