Abihu

Abihu [N] [H] [S]

father of Him; i.e., "worshipper of God", the second of the sons of Aaron ( Exodus 6:23 ; Numbers 3:2 ; 26:60 ; 1 Chronicles 6:3 ). Along with his three brothers he was consecrated to the priest's office ( Exodus 28:1 ). With his father and elder brother he accompanied the seventy elders part of the way up the mount with Moses ( Exodus 24:1 Exodus 24:9 ). On one occasion he and Nadab his brother offered incense in their censers filled with "strange" (i.e., common) fire, i.e., not with fire taken from the great brazen altar ( Leviticus 6:9 , etc.), and for this offence they were struck dead, and were taken out and buried without the camp ( Leviticus 10:1-11 ; Compare Numbers 3:4 ; 26:61 ; 1 Chronicles 24:2 ). It is probable that when they committed this offence they were intoxicated, for immediately after is given the law prohibiting the use of wine or strong drink to the priests.

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Abihu". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Abihu [N] [E] [S]

he is my father
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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Bibliography Information

Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Abihu'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Abihu [N] [E] [H]

(he (God) is my father ), the second son, ( Numbers 3:2 ) of Aaron by Elisheba. ( Exodus 6:23 ) Being, together with his elder brother Nadab, guilty of offering strange fire to the lord, he was consumed by fire from heaven. ( Leviticus 10:1 Leviticus 10:2 )


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Abihu'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

ABIHU

a-bi'-hu ('abhihu', "father he is," or "my father he is"):

Second son of Aaron, the high priest (Exodus 6:23). With his older brother Nadab he "died before Yahweh," when the two "offered strange fire" (Leviticus 10:1,2).

It may be inferred from the emphatic prohibition of wine or strong drink, laid upon the priests immediately after this tragedy, that the two brothers were going to their priestly functions in an intoxicated condition (Leviticus 10:8-11). Their death is mentioned three times in subsequent records (Numbers 3:4; 26:61; 1 Chronicles 24:2).


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ABIHU'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.