Eldad and Meidad

Question

Last week’s Torah portion brings up brief mention of two people described as prophets: Eldad and Meidad. What comes to mind is that Eldad’s name comes first, before Meidad. Obviously, when two people are described, one’s name has to be mentioned first. But nothing in the Torah is random. Is there any particular reason Eldad comes first before Meidad? And if so, what would that be?

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Answers

  1. There are two possibilities that are mentioned. One is that Eldad was older than Meidad. The second possibility is that Eldad was destined to become greater than Meidad because he became the prince of his Tribe.

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