The sons of Levi (1 Chr 6:16-6:16)

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

This is an exact repetition of the sons of Levi as mentioned earlier in this chapter, Genesis, chapter 46, Exodus, chapter 3, and Numbers, chapter 3. There is no confusion about these names. Levi (the Levites) had 3 sons, (1) Gershom (Gershonites), (2) Kohath (Kohathites), and (3) 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 his father Jacob. He had five blood brothers, Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.   He also had 6 other step brothers from different mothers but the same father, Jacob. 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 seen as a violent man with a temper. He and his brother Reuben killed every man in the city of Shechem for the violation of their sister after an arrangement had been made.

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