[some El'nathan] (Hebrews Enlzathan', אֶלנָתָן, whom God has given; compare John, Theodore, Diodati), the name of four leading men.
1. An inhabitant of Jerusalem, father of Nehushta, the mother of king Jehoiachin (2Ki 24:8. Sept. Ε᾿λνασθάν v.r. Ε᾿λλανασθάν). B.C. ante 598. He was perhaps the same with the son of Achbor, sent by Jehoiakim to bring the prophet Urijah out of Egypt (Jer 26:22, Sept. Ε᾿λδαθάν), and in whose presence the roll of Jeremiah was read, for the preservation of which he interceded with the king (Jer 36:12,25, Sept. Ναθάν v.r. Ι᾿ωναθάν). B.C. 605.
2, 3, 4, (Sept. Ε᾿λναθάμ, Ναθάν, and Ε᾿λναθάν respectively). Three of the Israelites, of established prudence and integrity, sent by Ezra to invite the priests and Levites to accompany him to Jerusalem (Ezr 8:16). B.C. 459.