The other sons of Levi (1 Chr 24:20-24:31)

“The the rest of the sons of Levi and the sons of Amram includes Shubael. The son of Shubael was Jehdeiah. The son of Rehabiah was Isshiah the chief. Among the Izharites, the son of Shelomoth was Jahath. The sons of Hebron were Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. The son of Uzziel was Micah. The son of Micah was Shamir. The brother of Micah was Isshiah. The son of Isshiah was Zechariah. The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The son of Jaaziah was Beno. The sons of Merari from Jaaziah were Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. Of the sons of Mahli was Eleazar, who had no sons. The son of Kish was Jerahmeel. The sons of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to their ancestral houses. These also cast lots, corresponding to their kindred, the descendents of Aaron, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of the ancestral houses of the priests and of the Levites, the chief as well as the younger brother.”

This is an odd supplementary list since it had some of the same names listed above but others are added. This list combines the 4 sons of Kohath with the 2 sons of Merari, but leaves out the sons of Gershom, for no apparent reason. Is this a slight against Gershom or a put down for the Kohathites and Merarites? It starts out with the comment of “the rest of the sons of Levi” as if they did not count as much as those listed above. Amram, the 1st son of Kohath had a son named Shubael. If this was Amram, the son of Kohath, then this Shubael would be the brother or step-brother of Moses and Aaron. A man with the same name is listed in the Gershom lineage and later as a son of Heman, the cantor. There is one other Jehdeiah, who is a herdsman for David. Rehabiah was a son of Eliezer, who was the son of Moses who had many children in the preceding chapter. So maybe this connection to Moses of Shubael is not that strange. There are 3 other people with the name of Isshiah, mostly Levites. In fact, there is one that is the son of Rehabiah, and the other is the son of Uzziel, the brother of Micah, and father of Zechariah. This Shelomoth was either a son of Izhar, the 2nd son of Kohath, a Gershonite, or a son of Eliezer, the son of Moses. A person with the name of Jahath appears in all 3 Levite families, the Gershonites, the Kohathites, and the Merarites, but here he is the son of a Kohathite. Hebron, the 3rd  son of Kohath also had 4 sons. Jeriah the chief is only mentioned 3 times here in 1 Chronicles. There are 8 different people with the name of Amariah, mostly Levites, while 5 people had the name of Jahaziel. Jekameam is only mentioned 2 times here in 1 Chronicles. The 4th son of Kohath was Uzziel whose son was Micah, the same name as the prophet Micah. Jaaziah is apparently the son of Merari, but he is never listed besides the 2 sons of Merari, Mahli and Mushi. His name only appears 2 times here in 1 Chronicles, the same as his 4 sons, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. This Eleazar, son of Mahli, had no sons. Mahli had the same name as his uncle. Eder was the name of a place, while there are 8 other people with the name of Jerimoth. All these people cast lots at the time of King David.

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