Levi, Son of Jacob
Levi (son of Jacob)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The third son of Jacob and Leah (Gen 29:34). Took part in violently avenging the rape of his sister Dinah (Gen 34). Became the eponym for the Levites (Gen 35:23–26; Exod 1:2–4; Deut 27:12–13; Ezek 48:31–35; and 1 Chr 2:1–2).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
LEVI (PERSON) [Heb lēwı̂ (לֵוִי)]. The name of 4 people in the Bible. The meaning of the name is uncertain. Popular etymology in the Bible for the name is “to be joined” (Gen 29:34; Num 18:2, 4). More recent suggestions have included “to coil or twist” from Ar lawa, “to borrow” from Heb lwy, “priest”
Levites and Priests
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Levi (Person). 1. Jacob’s third son by Leah (Gn 29:34). The etymology of the name is uncertain. Levi’s name is associated with the tragedy at Shechem, where the male inhabitants of the city were ruthlessly murdered when Levi and Simeon sought to avenge the violation of their sister Dinah by Shechem the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. The third son of Jacob and Leah (Gen. 29:34; cf. 35:23; Ex. 1:2; 1 Ch. 2:1) and eponymous ancestor of the tribe of Levi.The etymology of the name Levi is suggested in Gen. 29:34. Leah says after the birth of Levi, “Now this time my husband will be joined [niphal of lāwâ] to me, because I have borne
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LEVI (Person)1. Jacob’s third son by Leah (Gn 29:34). The etymology of the name is uncertain. Levi’s name is associated with the tragedy at Shechem, where the male inhabitants of the city were ruthlessly murdered when Levi and Simeon sought to avenge the violation of their sister Dinah by Shechem the
Priests and Levites
PRIESTS AND LEVITES Servants of God in the OT. There were three basic classes of religious personnel in ancient Israel: prophets, wise men, and priests and Levites. The classical prophets fulfilled a vocation but were not professionals; they were not paid for their task and functioned only in response
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Levi (lee´vi; Heb., “joined”).1 The third son of Jacob and Leah. Leah gave him the name Levi, because when he was born, she said, “Now my husband will be joined to me, for I have borne him three sons” (Gen. 29:34; cf. 29:20).2 The tribe descended from 1 above. The connection with Leah associated the
Levites (lee´vits), generally, those belonging to the tribe of Levi. In some passages, however, “Levite” seems to be a description rather than a tribal name. For example, in Judg. 17:7, a Levite is mentioned who was a Judahite (i.e., a member of the tribe of Judah, not Levi); he may be designated a Levite
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LEVI1. The third son born to Leah and Jacob. The word probably is related to the verb lāvāh. “to be joined to.” When the boy was born, Leah declared that perhaps her husband might be disposed to draw even nearer to her (Gen 29:34). The brothers of Levi were Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
LEVITES. The progeny of Levi, the son of Jacob, and therefore members of the tribe made up of descendants of Levi. The OT treats them in this light.There is a view, however, advanced by Julius Welhausen in 1878, which considers the author(s) of the Pentateuch and the Chronicler to be in full agreement
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Priests and Levites
PRIESTS AND LEVITES. The relationship between the priests, who are the descendants of Aaron, and the Levites, the other members of Levi’s tribe, is one of the thorny problems of OT religion. Any treatment of the Levites must deal with the biblical evidence, Julius Wellhausen’s reconstruction of it and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Levi (Heb. lēwɩ̂; Gk. Leuɩ́)1. The eponymous ancestor of the tribe of Levi and the Levites; the third son of Jacob by his first wife Leah (Gen. 29:34). At his birth Leah says, “Now this time my husband will be joined to me,” suggesting an etymology for Levi of “to be joined, attached.” This is consistent
Levites (Heb. lĕwɩ̂)Because the Levites are portrayed differently in the various biblical sources, each must be examined separately. Most secure are references in the books of Chronicles, dated to the last half of the 4th century b.c.e. Here the Levites comprise three classes of cult personnel all
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Levites [lēˊvīts] (Heb. lewî; Gk. leuítēs). The descendants of Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah; the assistants of the Aaronic priests in the tabernacle and temple worship. The Levites were divided into three clans named for Levi’s sons: the Gershonites, Kohathites, and Merarites (Exod.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
LEVI, LEVITES Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah (Gen 29:34) and the ancestor of the tribe of Levi (Exod 6:16–25; Deut 33:8–11; 1 Chr 6:1–81). For most of biblical history, the tribe of Levi is set apart as the clerical tribe in Israel, entrusted with all matters related to worship and religious
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Levites. Members of one of the twelve tribes, descended from Levi, one of the sons of *Jacob, and acc. to the biblical account specially set apart as ministers of the sanctuary. Some modern scholars, however, have doubted the existence of such a tribe and have held that the term ‘Levite’ designated primarily
Jacob’s Son Brother