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Nicknames: "Nachshon", "Nahshon", "Naasson", "Nasson", "נחשון", "Nahshon ben Amminadab", "Naasson or Nashon Ben Amminadab", "prince of Judah"
Birthplace: Egypt
Death: Died
Occupation: Prince of the Tribe of Judah/Chief, cohen, Prince de Judée
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About Nahshon / נחשון .

1391 Nahshon נַחְשׁוֹן‎ or Nachshon ben Aminadav (נחשון בן עמינדב; "Nahshon son of Aminadav") was, according to the Book of Exodus, the son of Amminadab; descendant in the fifth generation of Judah, brother-in-law of Aaron and an important figure in the Hebrew's Passage of the Red Sea which according to the Jewish Midrash he initiated by walking in head deep until the sea split.

The popular Yiddish saying "to be a Nachshon" means to be an "initiator."

Bible Verses that Refer to Nahshon

Exodus 6:23

Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

Numbers 1:7

from Judah, Nahshon son of Amminadab;

Numbers 2:3

On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp under their standard. The leader of the people of Judah is Nahshon son of Amminadab. Numbers 7:12

The one who brought his offering on the first day was Nahshon son of Amminadab of the tribe of Judah. Numbers 7:17

and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering. This was the offering of Nahshon son of Amminadab. Numbers 10:14

The divisions of the camp of Judah went first, under their standard. Nahshon son of Amminadab was in command.

Ruth 4:20

Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 1 Chronicles 2:10

From Ram Son of Hezron Ram was the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, the leader of the people of Judah. 1 Chronicles 2:11

Nahshon was the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz,

Matthew 1:4

Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,

According to Num i. 7, he is at least 20 years old during the census in the Sinai, at the beginning of The Exodus. By the same account of The Exodus then, Nahshon did not survive the forty year sojourn in the wilderness to enter the Promised Land.

Nahshon was appointed by Moses, upon God's command, as prince of the Tribe of Judah, and though his tribe was fourth in the order of the Patriarchs, yet at the dedication of the Tabernacle he was the first to bring his dedicatory offering. Nahshon was, through Boaz, the ancestor of David.

In rabbinical literature

Owing to his direct descent from Judah and to his being the progenitor of so many kings, Nahshon is extolled by the rabbis as a most noble man. Nahshon's sister Elisheba married Aaron, and this is especially mentioned as a hint that one should take care to select a wife whose brothers are noble.


The Midrash relates that during the Exodus, when the Israelites reached the Red Sea, it did not automatically part. The Israelites stood at the banks of the sea and wailed with despair, but Nahshon entered the waters. Once he was up to his nose in the water, the sea parted.

This is the origin of his name "Nahshol" = "stormy sea-waves". It is in virtue of action that he was chosen to be the first to bring the dedicatory offering.

Nahshon was a model prince , and was called "king". When the princes of the different tribes were required to bring their offerings, each on a separate day, Moses was embarrassed, not knowing who should be the first; but all Israel pointed at Nahshon, saying, "He sanctified the name of God by springing first into the Red Sea; he is worthy to bring down the Shekhinah; therefore he shall be the first to bring the offering."

The offering brought by Nahshon is pointed out as having been his own and not that of his tribe. In the account of the offering the words Va'korbano ("and his sacrifice") and Etodim each have a ו, while the same words in the accounts of the other princes' offerings have no ו. This letter, the numerical value of which is six, indicates that Nahshon was the ancestor of six men — David, the Messiah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah — each of whom was distinguished for six praiseworthy qualities.

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http://www.aishdas.org/avodah/faxes/biberfeldHistory.pdf

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The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of She-alti-el, and She-alti-el the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.]

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