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Amminadab, the ancestor of David (Sistine Chapel fresco by Michelangelo)
A close-up on Amminadab from the Sistine Chapel fresco

Amminadab (Hebrew: עַמִּינָדָב, ‘Amînāḏāv, "my people are noble") is a minor character referred to in the Book of Genesis and the Gospel according to Matthew.


According to the Biblical genealogies, he was born of Ram (also known as Aram)[1] during the Israelite exile in Ancient Egypt; Ram was the great-grandson of Judah. He was the father of Nahshon, chief of the tribe of Judah (Numbers 1:7; 2:3; 7:12, 17; 10:14). His daughter Elisheva was Aaron's wife (Exodus 6:23), making him Aaron's father-in-law.[2]

Amminadab is one of the ancestors of Christ painted in the lunettes of the Sistine chapel.

In popular culture

In the 1956 film The Ten Commandments, Amminadab is portrayed by H.B. Warner. During the Exodus, he is too old and frail to travel, so Bithiah allows him to ride in her litter.