The sons of Merari (1 Chr 23:21-23:23)

“The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish. Eleazar died having no sons, but only daughters. Their kindred, the sons of Kish, married them. The three sons of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth.”

This section is loosely based on Numbers, chapter 4. Merari was the 3rd and youngest son of Levi as mentioned in chapter 6 of this book. Merari had 2 sons named (1) Mahli and (2) Mushi. Mahli’s family becomes known as the Mahlites. Mahli is both the name of the son of Merari and the son of his brother Mushi, or his nephew, who had the same name. Mushi’s sons were called Mushites. Here there is a mention of Eleazar. There were 8 people with his name in the biblical literature with the most famous, the son of Aaron. Kish was also the name of the father of Saul. Eder was the name of a town also. This is the only mention of this Jeremoth, but 6 other people have the same name.