🔼The name Amminadab in the Bible
The name Amminadab is assigned four times in the Bible:
- Best known is Amminadab the son of Ram of Judah and the father of Elisheba, the wife of Aaron (although some scholars believe that Elisheba's father Amminadab is a whole other one; if he is, he is nevertheless a contemporary). This Amminadab is the great-grandfather of Boaz (through his son Nahshon, Elisheba's brother), and Boaz is the grandfather of Jesse, and Jesse is the father of king David (1 Chronicles 2:10). That makes this Amminadab an ancestor of Christ (Matthew 1:4, Luke 3:33; spelled Αμιναδαβ, Aminadab).
- A Levite from the Kohath family (1 Chronicles 6:22)
- A Levite from the Uzziel family (1 Chronicles 15:10).
🔼Etymology of the name Amminadab
The name Amminadab consists of two elements. The first part of our name comes from the unused root עמם ('mm):
The second part of the name Amminadab comes from the root-verb נדב (nadab), meaning to make willing or entice:
For a meaning of the name Amminadab, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with the free-will clause of the verb נדב and reads People of Liberality. The NOBSE Study Bible Name List and BDB Theological Dictionary follow the idea of nobility of the verb, and reads My Kinsman Is Noble.