Amminadab, the ancestor of David (Sistine Chapel fresco by Michelangelo). On his left arm is a yellow Jewish badge.
A close-up on Amminadab from the Sistine Chapel fresco

Amminadab (Hebrew: עַמִּינָדָב, ‘Ammīnāḏāḇ, "my people are noble") is a minor character referred to in the Book of Exodus. He is the father-in-law of High Priest Aaron, brother of Moses.

Amminadab is also mentioned in the Book of Ruth (and also in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke) as the father of Nahshon, ancestor of King David and therefore the ancestor of Jesus.

The same name is mentioned in the Book of Samuel. This Amminadab was an Israelite mentioned in the lineage of Jacob's sons, Exodus 6:14-28. Mathew 1:1-16 shows a full record of ancestors and descendants. He likely served in the tabernacle. He was one of 112 Levites who received the great honor of bringing the Ark of the Covenant, back to Jerusalem from the Philistines.


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

Amminadab is one of the ancestors of Jesus painted in the lunettes of the Sistine chapel. In the recent restoration process, the figure of Amminadab was shown to be wearing a contemporary Jewish badge, the wearing of which was being rigorously enforced at the time. Depictions normally occur in a pejorative context, and seem to link this figure from the Jewish past to the Renaissance present. In this case, it appears to place Amminadab as permanently exiled from salvation.[3]

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 takes his fig tree seedling and assures him that it will be planted in the promised land.