The sons of Gershom (1 Chr 6:17-6:17)

“These are the names of the sons of Gershom, Libni and Shimei.”

Gershom was the oldest son of Levi and his name appears over 20 times in the biblical literature. He was the head of one of the three branches of the Levitical tribe that camped west of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The Gershonites carried the curtains and other parts of the tabernacle as in Numbers, chapters 3-4. Thirteen cities were assigned to them in northern Canaan, in Joshua, chapter 21.   Gershom had two sons named (1) Libni and (2) Shimei. The grandson of Merari his uncle had the same name Libni. There were 16 biblical persons named Shimei.

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