Eldad in Smiths Bible Dictionary

(favored of God) and Me'dad (love), two of the seventy elders to whom was communicated the prophetic power of Moses. Nu 11:16,26 (B.C. 1490.) Although their names were upon the last which Moses had drawn up, Nu 11:26 they did not repair with the rest of their brethren to the tabernacle, but continued to prophesy in the camp. moses, being requested by Joshua to forbid this, refused to do so, and expressed a wish that the gift of prophecy might be diffused throughout the people.

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