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Origin of the name NATHAN.
Etymology of the name NATHAN.
Meaning of the baby name NATHAN.


NATHAN (נָתָן).  Biblical.  [Hebrew = "(whom God) has given," "a gift"].

    (1) The son of a certain Attai, and the father of Zabad, belonging to the tribe of Judah (1 Chron. ii. 36).
    (2) A distinguished prophet in David's reign.  It was he who had the proposal to build the Temple submitted to him by the king.  At first he was favourable to the project, but afterwards received a message from the Lord directing that not David but his successor was to have the honour of building the holy house (2 Sam. vii. 1-17; 1 Chron. xvii. 1-15).  It was Nathan who was afterwards sent to David to bring him to a sense of his great sin in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.  This the prophet did by the parable of the ewe lamb (2 Sam. xii. 1-15, 25; cf. Psalm li. title).  When Adonijah aspired to the throne in lieu of Solomon, he sent no intimation of his intention to Nathan, believing probably that the prophet was too loyal to David to be seduced from his allegiance (1 Kings i. 8-10).  Nathan told Bathsheba what had occurred, and advised her to go at once and tell David, arranging that he would come in and confirm her words.  The plan was carried out, and David gave orders to Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, chief of the bodyguard, to proclaim Solomon (11-45).  Nathan wrote a life of David, which seems to have been lost.
    (3) A man of Zobah.  He was the father of a certain Igal, one of David's heroes (2 Sam. xxiii. 36; 1 Chron. xi. 38 [?]).
    (4) The third of those children of David who were born in Jerusalem (2 Sam. v. 14).
    (5) The father of a certain Zabad in Solomon's reign.  He seems different from No. 1 (1 Kings iv. 5).
    (6) A chief man with Ezra at the brook Ahava (Ezra viii. 16).
    (7) A son of Bani.  He was induced by Ezra to put away his foreign wife (Ezra x. 39).
(The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894)


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