Jonadab (Joh´nuh-dab; Heb., meaning uncertain, perhaps “Yah[weh] is noble”)

A shortened form of Jehonadab. 1 The son of Shimeah (Shimea), David’s brother, and cousin of Amnon, David’s son. He gave Amnon the plan that led to Amnon’s rape of Tamar, his half sister (2Sam 13:3-5). It is possible that he is the same nephew of David elsewhere called Jonathan (2Sam 21:21; 1Chr 20:7). 2 The son of Rechab, the founder of the Rechabites, a strict religious sect characterized by adherence to traditions, abstinence from wine, and a nomadic lifestyle. The religious zeal characteristic of the group is perhaps reflected in Jonadab’s (here Jehonadab’s) accompaniment of Jehu in his chariot as he killed those loyal to the apostate Ahab (2Kgs 10:15-17) and then attempted to exterminate the worshipers of Baal (2Kgs 10:18-25).

2Sam 13:3-5

3But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of David's brother Shimeah; and Jonadab was a very crafty man.4He said to him, “O son of the king, why a ... View more

2Sam 21:21

21When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of David's brother Shimei, killed him.

1Chr 20:7

7When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David's brother, killed him.

2Kgs 10:15-17

15When he left there, he met Jehonadab son of Rechab coming to meet him; he greeted him, and said to him, “Is your heart as true to mine as mine is to yours?” J ... View more

2Kgs 10:18-25

Slaughter of Worshipers of Baal
18Then Jehu assembled all the people and said to them, “Ahab offered Baal small service; but Jehu will offer much more.19Now the ... View more

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