Bible Names H-M: Levi
Levi in Easton's Bible Dictionary
adhesion. (1.) The third son of Jacob by Leah. The origin of
name is found in Leah's words (Gen. 29:34), "This time
husband be joined [Heb. yillaveh] unto me." He is
taking a prominent part in avenging his sister Dinah
34:25-31). He and his three sons went down with Jacob
into Egypt, where he died at the age of one hundred
thirty-seven years (Ex. 6:16).
(2.) The father of Matthat, and son of Simeon, of the
ancestors of Christ (Luke 3:29).
(3.) Luke 3:24.
(4.) One of the apostles, the son of Alphaeus (Mark
5:27, 29), called also Matthew (Matt. 9:9).
Levi in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Jacob's third son by Leah, ("joined"), expressing her
trust; "now will my husband be joined unto me, because I have
borne him three sons" (Genesis 29:34). Levi joined Simeon in
avenging their own full sister Dinah's wrong by treacherously
slaying the Shechemites, and so incurred Jacob's curse. They
made circumcision, which God gave as a pledge of His holy
covenant, the instrument of hypocrisy and bloody revenge.
Jacob's moral weakness, in reproaching his sons not with the
treacherous murder but with exposing him to danger ("ye have
troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the
land"), is faithfully delineated (Genesis 34). On his death
bed he took a less selfish and juster view of their deed
(Genesis 49:5-7): "Simeon and Levi are brethren" in character
as in birth, "instruments of wickedness are their swords
(Hebrew). O my soul, come not thou into their secret"
(deliberative council), renounce all fellowship with their
act; "mine honour" (glory, my spirit, which is man's glory,
the center of his personality framed in God's image);" for in
their anger they slew a man and in their wantonness (Hebrew)
houghed an ox."...
Levi in Hitchcock's Bible Names
associated with him
Levi in Naves Topical Bible
-Son of Jacob
Ge 29:34; 35:23; 1Ch 2:1
-Avenges the seduction of Dinah
Ge 34; 49:5-7
-Jacob's prophecy regarding
-His age at death
-(Descendants of, made the ministers of religion)
Levi in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. The name of the third son of Jacob by his wife
Leah. (B.C. about 1753.) The name, derived from lavah, "to
adhere," gave utterance to the hope of the mother that the
affections of her husband, which had hitherto rested on the
favored Rachel, would at last be drawn to her: "This time will
my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three
sons." Ge 29:34 Levi, with his brother Simeon, avenged with a
cruel slaughter the outrage of their sister Dinah. [DINAH]
Levi, with his three sons, Gershon, Kohath and Merari, went
down to Egypt with his father Jacob.
Ge 47:11 When Jacob's death draws near, and the sons
are gathered round him, Levi and Simeon hear the old crime
brought up again to receive its sentence. They no less than
Reuben, the incestuous firstborn, had forfeited the privileges
of their birthright. Ge 49:5-7 [LEVITES]
2. Two of the ancestors of Jesus. Lu 3:24,29
3. Son of Alphaeus or Matthew; one of the apostles. Mr
2:14; Lu 5:27,29 [See MATTHEW]
Levi in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
le'-vi (Lewi; Leui; Westcott and Hort, The New Testament in
(1) The 3rd son of Jacob by Leah. See separate article.
(2) (3) Two ancestors of Jesus in Luke's genealogy (Lk
(4) The apostle Matthew.
Levi in Wikipedia
Levi/Levy, Standard Levy Tiberian LēwÓ ; "joining") was,
according to the Book of Genesis, the third son of Jacob and
Leah, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Levi (the
levites); however some Biblical scholars view this as
postdiction, an eponymous metaphor providing an aetiology of
the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite
confederation. Certain religious and political functions
were reserved for the Levites, and, according to textual
scholars, the early sources of the Torah - the Jahwist and
Elohist - appear to treat the term Levi as just being a word
meaning priest; some scholars suspect that "levi" was
originally a general term for a priest, and had no connection
to ancestry, and that it was only later, for example in the
priestly source and Blessing of Moses, that the existence of a
tribe named Levi became assumed, in order to explain the
origin of the priestly caste...
Levi Scripture - Numbers 18:2
And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy
father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto
thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee
[shall minister] before the tabernacle of witness.
Levi Scripture - Psalms 135:20
Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless
Levi Scripture - Revelation 7:7
Of the tribe of Simeon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the
tribe of Levi [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of
Issachar [were] sealed twelve thousand.
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