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The meaning of Adin in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

a'-din ('adhin, "adorned"): The name of a family, "the sons of Adin" (Ezra 2:15; Ezra 8:6; Nehemiah 7:20; Nehemiah 10:16; 1 Esdras 5:14; 8:32), mentioned among the returning exiles. The list in Ezra 2 is placed in the midst of the narrative concerning Zerubbabel, but its title and Its contents show that it also includes the later Jewish immigrants into Palestine. The list in Neh. 7 is a duplicate of that in Ezr, but with variations; most of the variations are naturally accounted for by supposing that one copy was made later than the other and was brought up to date. In Ezra and 1 Esdras the number of the sons of Adin is said to be 454; in Neh. it is 655. The 50 males, led by Ebed the son of Jonathan, who came with Ezr, may or may not have been included in the numbers just mentioned. Among the names of those who sealed the covenant along with Neh. are 44 that are placed under the caption "the chiefs of the people" (Nehemiah 10:14-26), and nearly half of these are the family names of the list in Ezra 2 and Neh. 7. It is natural to infer that in these cases a family sealed the covenant collectively through some representative. In that case the Adin here mentioned is the same that is mentioned in the other places.

See also ADINU.

Willis J. Beecher


See more on the meaning of Adin in the Bible:
Adin {Easton's Bible Dictionary}
Adin {Hitchcock's Bible Name}

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