ABINADAB (uh bihn' uh dab) Personal name meaning, “my father is generous.” 1. Resident of Kirjath-jearim whose house was resting place of ark of the covenant for 20 years after the Philistines returned it. His son Eleazar served as priest (1 Samuel 7:1-2; 2 Samuel 6:3-4). 2. Son of Jesse passed over when David was selected as king (1 Samuel 16:8; 1 Samuel 17:13). 3. Son of King Saul killed by Philistines in battle of Mount Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:2). 4. Solomon's official and son-in-law over Dor, the Mediterranean seaport below Mount Carmel, was the Son of Abinadab or Ben-abinadab (1 Kings 4:11).
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