In the Book of Exodus and Book of Numbers, Nadab (Hebrew: נדב, Nadav ; "generous, giving") and Abihu (Hebrew: אביהוא, Avihu ; "He God is my father") were respectively the eldest and second-eldest of the sons of Aaron. They were consecrated to the priest's office along with their brothers Eleazar and Ithamar. With their father, Nadab and Abihu accompanied the seventy elders part of the way up the mount with Moses.
Following the inauguration of the Tabernacle, Nadab and Abihu offered incense in their censers filled with "strange" fire, i.e., not with holy fire taken from the great brazen altar,[not in citation given] and for this offense they were immediately consumed by a fire from God, and were taken out and buried outside the camp.[not in citation given]
- This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.
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