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Tribe of Levi
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Levi, Tribe of
Levi, Tribe of (לוי‎, lwy; Λευί, Leui). One of the 12 tribes of Israel; takes its name from the third son of Jacob and Leah (Gen 29:34).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Levi, Tribe of
Levi, Tribe of. Israelite tribe taking its name from the third son of Leah and Jacob (Gn 29:34). The meaning of the name (“attached”) is a pun on Leah’s position as an unloved wife: now that she has borne three sons to Jacob, surely he will be “attached” to her. Elsewhere, by a similar pun, the tribe
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Levi, Tribe of
LEVI, TRIBE OF Israelite tribe taking its name from the third son of Leah and Jacob (Gn 29:34). The meaning of the name (“attached”) is a pun on Leah’s position as an unloved wife: now that she has borne three sons to Jacob, surely he will be “attached” to her. Elsewhere, by a similar pun, the tribe
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Levi
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
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Levites
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
The Ultimate Who’s Who in the Bible
Levi
Levi [Lee-vi](Hebrew origin: Attached)(Genesis 29:34). 17th century b.c. Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah, was the ancestor of the priests of the Temple—through his son Kohath—and of the Levites, who were servants of the Temple—through his sons Gershon and Merari.Levi was the full brother of
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
Levi, Levites
LEVI, LEVITESAccording to Genesis 29:34, Levi was the third son whom the unhappy Leah bore to *Jacob. The text tells us that she gave him the name lēwî because she hoped that her husband would become more attached (lāwâ) to her for having borne him another son. The man Levi would be completely lost
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
3. Levitical Cities (Josh 21)
3. Levitical cities (Josh 21)First Chronicles 6:54–81 [Heb. 6:39–66] preserves a parallel form of the list of Levitical cities in Josh 21. Although scholars often assume that Josh 21 represents some sort of historical reality, the list of Levitical cities is most likely a literary, scribal composition
LEVI
LEVI, LEVITES lee´vi, lee´vit [לֵוִיlewi, בֵּנֵי־הַלֵּוִיbeth hallewi, בֵּית הַלֵוִיbene-hallewi; Λευί Leui, Λευίτης Leuitēs]. The name of four people and a tribe in the Bible. The etymology of the Hebrew is uncertain (but see Gen 29:34; Num 18:2, 4; “to be joined to”). The name also appears in