The people of Kiryat Yearim were summoned to pick it up: "And the men of Kiriath-Yearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab
in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord" (1 Sam.
Later, King Solomon arranges to have her rescued from prison in Geshur and brought back to Israel where she marries the son of Abinadab
and changes her name to Taphath, a sweet smelling incense.
True to Samuel's words, Saul's sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua fell in battle with the Philistines (31:2).
Before addressing Saul's death in particular, the deaths of Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua will first be considered in their significance to the rejection of Saul's dynasty.
This passive nature of Saul's dynastic rejection is supported by the text, as the deaths of Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua do not wipe out Saul's line.
Curtis and Madsen see the Chronicler as having made a "careless statement." (70) Knoppers suggests the the possibility that the Chronicler may have Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchi-shua in mind.
Though Abinadab is not listed in 14:49, it is critical to notice that Ishvi does not die with his brothers.
Some readers will remember the fate of Uzzah, the son of Abinadab
, who, while accompanying the Ark of the Covenant as it was being moved from his father's house, put out a saving hand to keep the Ark from tipping when it bounced about in its cart on a rough road and was struck dead on the instant his unsanctified fingers touched it.
That is what David went to get, this Ark that had been sitting for 20 years in the village of Kiriath Jearim in the house of the old priest Abinadab
assigned his two priest sons, Uzzah and Ahio, to supervise delivery of the Ark to Jerusalem.
The sons of Hezron who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai; and Ram begot Amminadab; and Amminadab begot Nahshon, the leader of the sons of Judah; and Nahshon begot Salma; and Salma begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; and Obed begot Jesse; and Jesse begot his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab
the second, and Shimea the third, Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, Ozem the the sixth, and David the seventh (I Chron.
And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab
, and Malchi-shua, Saul's sons.
It's also why even those of us biblically impaired folks who can't tell their Abinadabs
from their Ahitubs adore the Book of Esther: Has there ever been a better baddie than Haman?