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Descendants of Levi. Responsible for the priesthood and the maintenance of the tabernacle and temple.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Levites and Priests
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
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)
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
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
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.
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
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Le´vites (descendants of Levi). Sometimes the name extends to the whole tribe, the priests included, Ex. 6:25; Lev. 25:32; Num. 35:2; Josh. 21:3, 41, etc.; sometimes only to those members of the tribe who were not priests and as distinguished from them. Sometimes again it is added as an epithet of the