Medad

MEDAD (mē'dăd, Heb. mēdhādh, affectionate). One of the seventy elders appointed to assist Moses in the government of the people (Num.11.24-Num.11.30). He, together with Eldad, empowered by the Spirit, remained in the camp and prophesied. Joshua attempted to hinder them, but they were defended by Moses.


MEDAD mē’ dăd (מֵידָ֜ד). One of the seventy elders upon whom the Spirit of the Lord came enabling him to prophesy. Medad and one other, Eldad, began to prophesy in the wilderness camp. When Joshua suggested to Moses that they be stopped, Moses said, “Would that all Jehovah’s people were prophets!” (Num 11:26-29 ASV).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

One of the 70 elders on whom the spirit of the Lord came in the days of Moses enabling them to prophesy. Medad and one other, Eldad, began to prophesy in the camp, away from the other elders who had assembled at the door of the tabernacle to hear God’s message. Joshua suggested that Eldad and Medad be stopped, but Moses interceded on their behalf, saying, "Would that all Yahweh’s people were prophets!" (Nu 11:26-29). The subject-matter of their prophecy has been variously supplied by tradition. Compare the Palestine Targums at the place, the apocalyptic Book of Eldad and Modad, and Ba`al ha-Turim (ad loc.).