The son of Amminadab.1 He was appointed by Moses as prince and captain of the children of Judah at the time of the first numbering of the tribes in the wilderness.2 Nahshon made the first peace offering at the dedication of the Tabernacle.3 His sister Elisheba was the wife of Aaron. He died in the wilderness.4

His name occurs in the Greek form Naasson in the genealogy of Christ.5



  1. Ex. 6:23.
  2. Num. 2:3.
  3. Num. 7:12, 17.
  4. Num. 26:64, 65.
  5. Matt. 1:4; Luke 3:32.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.