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Adaiah was the name of eight individuals mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. The name means "Yahweh passes by."[1]

  1. Adaiah the father of Queen Jedidah.[2] He was of Boscath, a town in the Kingdom of Judah mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures. His grandson was king Josiah of Israel.[3][4][5]
  2. An Adaiah mentioned in passing as the ancestor of a Levite named Asaph, in 1 Chronicles 6:41 (counted as 6:26 in some Bibles).
  3. An Adaiah mentioned in 1 Chronicles 8:21 as being the son of a Shimei in a Benjamite geneaology.
  4. A priest listed in 1 Chronicles 9:12 and Nehemiah 11:12. According to Cheyne and Black, it is possible that this same priest should appear in Nehemiah 12:6 or 7, but has been removed by a scribal error that left the name "Jedaiah" in its place.[1]
  5. A descendant of Bani, listed in Ezra 10:29.
  6. Another descendant of Bani, listed in Ezra 10:39.
  7. An Adaiah, son of Joiarib, listed in Nehemiah 11:5.
  8. An Adaiah mentioned as being the father of Maaseiah in 2 Chronicles 23:1.


  1. ^ a b Cheyne and Black (1899), Encyclopaedia Biblica, entry for "Adaiah."
  2. ^ 2 Kings 22:1
  3. ^ William Smith - Smith's Bible Dictionary - Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  4. ^ Adaiah - - Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Meaning and etymology of the name Adaiah"[permanent dead link] - Abiram Publications - Retrieved 20 August 2011.