Kings of Israel

Nadab of Israel

Nadab from "Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum "

Nadab (Hebrew: נָדָב‎) was the second king of the northern Israelite Kingdom of Israel. He was the son and successor of Jeroboam. (1 Kings 14:20)

Nadab became king of Israel in the second year of Asa, king of Judah, and reigned for two years. (1 Kings 15:25) William F. Albright has dated his reign to 901 - 900 BCE, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 910 - 909 BCE.[1]

In the second year of his reign, while they were besieging Gibbethon - a Philistine town in southern Dan (Joshua 19:40-44) - a conspiracy broke out in Nadab's own army. He was slain by one of his own captains, Baasha, who then made himself king of Israel. (1 Kings 15:25-28)

Baasha subsequently assassinated the entire House of Jeroboam; so did this great Ephraimite family become extinct. (1 Kings 15:29)


  1. Edwin Thiele, The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, (1st ed.; New York: Macmillan, 1951; 2d ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965; 3rd ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Kregel, 1983). ISBN 082543825X, 9780825438257
Nadab of Israel
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Jeroboam I
King of Israel
910 BC – 909 BC
Succeeded by

This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.

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