The sons of Levi (1 Chr 6:1-6:1)

“The sons of Levi were Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.”

Here are the 3 sons of Levi as mentioned in Genesis, chapter 46, Exodus, chapter 3, and Numbers, chapter 3, so there is no confusion about these name. Levi (the Levites) had 3 sons, Gershom (Gershonites), Kohath (Kohathites), and Merari (the Merarites). We know nothing about their mother since nothing was written about any of the wives of Levi. However, we do know that his mother was Leah and father Jacob. He had five blood brothers, Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. Somehow his family will become the priests of Yahweh, even though in his own life as portrayed in Genesis, chapter 34, there is nothing to indicate any concern for the worship of Yahweh. Instead he is portrayed as a violent man with a temper. Levi and his brother Reuben killed every man in the city of Shechem for the violation of their sister after an arrangement of peace had been made. Here there is a little confusion in the text, since the Bible of Jerusalem has this section as the last part of chapter 5. However the Oxford Bible has this as the beginning of chapter 6, which I will follow. They both sync up with the beginning of chapter 7.

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