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Levitical Cities
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Levitical Cities
Levitical Cities The 48 cities and pasturelands in Canaan that Yahweh designates for the Levites (Num 35:1–8).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Levitical Cities
LEVITICAL CITIES. Unlike the other tribes (Josh 13–19), the Levites do not receive any allocation of land after the “conquest.” Rather, the Levites are to inhabit 48 cities, called “Levitical cities,” spread throughout the nation. These 48 cities, which include 6 “cities of refuge,” are given to the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Levitical Cities
Levitical Cities. Special areas set aside for the tribe of Levi in place of a regular territorial inheritance (Nm 18:20–24; 26:62; Dt 10:9; 18:1, 2; Jos 18:7). The Levites were allotted 48 cities, including the 6 cities of refuge (Nm 35:6, 7). Each town and a limited zone around it was for the Levites
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
LeviticaL Cities
LeviticaL CitiesOn the eve of Israel’s conquest of Canaan, Moses directed that forty-eight cities, distributed proportionately among the various tribal allotments, be set aside for the use of the Levites in lieu of any unified tribal territory of their own (Nu. 35:1–8). In addition, six of these were
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Levitical Cities
LEVITICAL CITIES Special areas set aside for the tribe of Levi in place of a regular territorial inheritance (Nm 18:20–24; 26:62; Dt 10:9; 18:1–2; Jos 18:7). The Levites were allotted 48 cities, including the six cities of refuge (Nm 35:6–7). Each town and a limited zone around it was for the Levites
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Levitical Cities
levitical cities, forty-eight cities allotted to the Levites. They were spread throughout all of the territories allotted to the other tribes. According to Josh. 13–19, Levi was the only one of the twelve tribes not to be allocated any land. The Levites were to be priests, and their services would be
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Levitical Cities
LEVITICAL CITIES. Instead of apportioning land to 13 tribes, the tribe of Levi was singled out to live in 48 cities scattered throughout Palestine (Num 35; Josh 20, 21; 1 Chr 6:54–81). These towns and the surrounding pasture land were under the control of the members of Levi’s tribe. Of these 48 cities,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Levitical Cities
Levitical CitiesForty-eight cities allotted to the Levites, spread throughout the territories of the other tribes. The Bible presents Levi as unique among the Israelite tribes, receiving no allocation of land as did the other tribes (Josh. 13–19). Two texts provide the names of these cities: Josh. 21:1–42;
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Levitical Cities
Levitical Cities. †Forty-eight cities with adjoining pasture given as dwelling places for the Levites. The mandate for this provision was given shortly before the entry of Israel into Canaan (Num. 35:2–8; cf. Lev. 25:32–34). The see Six Cities of Refuse were to be among the levitical cities (Num.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Levitical Cities
LEVITICAL CITIES The forty-eight cities given to the Levites after the conquest of Canaan. As the Lord had commanded Moses (Num 35:1–8), the Levites were not given their own tribal territory in the land of Canaan (Josh 13–19); instead they were given forty-eight cities, called “Levitical cities,” located
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Levitical Cities
LEVITICAL CITIES. As the Levites were to “have no inheritance in their land” (Num. 18:20), Moses commanded the children of Israel, that is, the rest of the tribes, to give towns to the Levites to dwell in of the inheritance that fell to them for a possession, with pasturage around the cities for their
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Levitical Cities
LEVITICAL CITIES [luh VIT uh cull] — 48 cities assigned to the tribe of Levi. When the land of Canaan was divided among the tribes of Israel, each tribe, except Levi, received a specific region or territory for its inheritance. The tribe of Levi, however, was made up of priests who were to serve the
Key passages
Nu 35:1–8

Yahweh spoke to Moses on the desert plains of Moab beyond the Jordan across Jericho, saying, “Command the Israelites that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their property cities to live in; and you will give to the Levites pastureland all around the cities. …

Jos 21:1–45

Then the heads of the families of the Levites came to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua son of Nun, and to the heads of the families of the tribes of the Israelites. And they spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, “Yahweh commanded through the hand of …