Character Study on Gershonites

Character Study on Gershonites

Numbers 3: Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these are the families of the Gershonites.
Numbers 3: The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward.
Numbers 3: And the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael.
Numbers 4: This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens:
Numbers 4: At the appointment of Aaron and his sons shall be all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burdens, and in all their service: and ye shall appoint unto them in charge all their burdens.
Numbers 26: And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites: of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites: of Merari, the family of the Merarites.
Joshua 21: All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
1 Chronicles 23: Of the Gershonites were, Laadan, and Shimei.
2 Chronicles 29: Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah:

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Gershon, Gershonites
GERSHON, GERSHONITES . The name Gershon is given to the eldest son of Levi, to whom a division of the Levites traced their descent ( Genesis 46:11 , Exodus 6:16 , Numbers 3:17 , 1 Chronicles 6:1 ; 1 Chronicles 6:16 [Gershom] 1 Chronicles 23:6 ). The title ‘Gershonites’ is found in Numbers 3:21 ; Numbers 3:23 f., Numbers 4:24 ; Numbers 4:27 f., Numbers 26:57 , Jos 21:33 , 1 Chronicles 23:7 ; 1 Chronicles 26:21 , 2 Chronicles 29:12 ; and of an individual, 1 Chronicles 26:21 ; 1 Chronicles 29:8 ; the ‘sons of Gershon’ ( Exodus 6:17 , Numbers 3:18 ; Numbers 3:25 ; Numbers 4:22 ; Numbers 4:36 ; Numbers 4:41 ; Numbers 7:7 ; Numbers 10:17 , Joshua 21:6 ; Joshua 21:27 ), or ‘of Gershom’ ( 1 Chronicles 6:17 ; 1Ch 6:62 ; 1 Chronicles 6:71 ; 1 Chronicles 15:7 ). They were subdivided into two groups, the Libnites and the Shimeites ( Numbers 3:21 ; Numbers 26:58 ), each being traced to a ‘son’ of Gershon ( Exodus 6:17 , Numbers 3:18 , 1Ch 6:17 ; 1 Chronicles 6:20 [42, Shimei is omitted from the genealogy]). ‘Ladan’ stands for Libni in 1 Chronicles 23:7 ff; 1 Chronicles 26:21 . From these families fragments of genealogies remain (see 1 Chronicles 23:8-11 ). Comparatively little is related of the Gershonites after the Exile. Certain of them are mentioned in 1 Chronicles 9:15 and Nehemiah 11:17 a, Nehemiah 11:22 as dwelling in Jerusalem immediately after the Return. Of the ‘sons of Asaph’ (Gershonites), 128 ( Ezra 2:41 ) or 148 ( Nehemiah 7:44 ) returned with Ezra to the city in b.c. 454. Asaphites led the music at the foundation of the Temple ( Ezra 3:10 ); and certain of them blew trumpets in the procession at the dedication of the city walls ( Nehemiah 12:25 ). P [Note: Priestly Narrative.] and the Chronicler introduce the family into the earlier history. (1) During the desert wanderings the Gershonites were on the west side of the Tent (Numbers 3:23 ); their duty was to carry all the hangings which composed the Tent proper, and the outer coverings and the hangings of the court, with their cords ( Numbers 3:25 f., Numbers 4:24 ff., Numbers 10:17 ), for which they were given two wagons and four oxen ( Numbers 7:7 ); and they were superintended by Ithamar, the youngest son of Aaron ( Numbers 4:33 , Numbers 7:8 ). (2) After the settlement in Palestine, thirteen cities were assigned to them ( Joshua 21:6 ; Joshua 21:27-33 = 1 Chronicles 6:62 ; 1 Chronicles 6:71-76 ). (3) In David’s reign the Chronicler relates that the Temple music was managed partly by Asaph, a Gershonite, and his family ( 1 Chronicles 6:39-43 ; 1 Chronicles 25:1 f., 1Ch 25:6 , 1 Chronicles 25:8 a, 1 Chronicles 25:14 1 Chronicles 25:14 ; and see 1 Chronicles 15:7 ; 1 Chronicles 15:17-19 ). David divided the Levites into courses ‘according to the sons of Levi’ ( 1 Chronicles 23:6 ; Gershonites, 1 Chronicles 23:7-11 ); and particular offices of Gershonites are stated in 1 Chronicles 26:21 f. (4) Jahaziel, an Asaphite, prophesied to Jehoshaphat before the battle of En-gedi ( 2 Chronicles 20:14-17 ). (5) They took part in the cleansing of the Temple under Hezekiah ( 2 Chronicles 29:12 f.). Cf. also Kohath. A. H. M‘Neile.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Gershon, Gershonites
Eldest son of Levi, born before the children of Israel entered Egypt, and his descendants. Genesis 46:11 ; 1 Chronicles 6:1 ; 1 Chronicles 23:6 . At the numbering of the Israelites in the wilderness there were 7,500 Gershonites as a branch of the Levites. Their charge was the frame-work of the tabernacle and the tent, with the hangings and curtains. For the transport of these they had two wagons and four oxen. Numbers 3:17-25 ; Numbers 4:22-38 ; Numbers 7:7 . They had thirteen of the Levitical cities. Joshua 21:6,27-33 . In the kingdom, under Asaph and his sons, they "prophesied according to the order of the king." Others had charge of the "treasures of the house of God, and were over the treasures of the holy things," and of the precious stones. 1 Chronicles 23:6,7 ; 1 Chronicles 25:2 ; 1 Chronicles 26:20-22 ; 1 Chronicles 29:8 . See GERSHOM, No. 2.

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a'Nem - (two springs ), a city of Issachar, with "suburbs," belonging to the (Gershonites)
ha'zi-el - (union of God ), a Levite in the time of David, of the family of Shi-mei or Shimi, the younger branch of the (Gershonites
Helkath - Town on the border of Asher allotted to the Gershonites
Eliasaph - Son of Lael: a chief man of the Gershonites
Eli'Asaph - ) ... A levite, and "chief of the Gershonites" at the same time
Gershon, Gershonites - GERSHON, Gershonites . The title ‘Gershonites’ is found in Numbers 3:21 ; Numbers 3:23 f. Comparatively little is related of the Gershonites after the Exile. Of the ‘sons of Asaph’ (Gershonites), 128 ( Ezra 2:41 ) or 148 ( Nehemiah 7:44 ) returned with Ezra to the city in b. (1) During the desert wanderings the Gershonites were on the west side of the Tent (Numbers 3:23 ); their duty was to carry all the hangings which composed the Tent proper, and the outer coverings and the hangings of the court, with their cords ( Numbers 3:25 f. David divided the Levites into courses ‘according to the sons of Levi’ ( 1 Chronicles 23:6 ; Gershonites, 1 Chronicles 23:7-11 ); and particular offices of Gershonites are stated in 1 Chronicles 26:21 f
Eliasaph - Son of Lael, and prince of the Gershonites ( Numbers 3:24 P [Note: Priestly Narrative
Ger'Shonites, the, - "THE GERSH0NITE," as applied to individuals, occurs in (1 Chronicles 26:21 ) The sons of Gershon (the Gershonites) had charge of the fabrics of the tabernacle--the coverings, curtains, hangings and cords
Gershon - Thirteen Levitical cities fell to the lot of the Gershonites (Joshua 21:27-33 )
Merarites - They with the Gershonites and the Kohathites had charge of the tabernacle, which they had to carry from place to place (Numbers 3:20,33-37 ; 4:29-33 ). In the distribution of the oxen and waggons offered by the princes (Numbers 7 ), Moses gave twice as many to the Merarites (four waggons and eight oxen) as he gave to the Gershonites, because the latter had to carry only the lighter furniture of the tabernacle, such as the curtains, hangings, etc
Gershon - The Gershonites encamped west of the tabernacle in the wilderness, and carried its curtains and other parts form station to station, Numbers 3:17,25 ; 4:24-28,38 - 41 ; 10:17
Kiriathaim - Kiriathaim of Naphtali, assigned to the Levitical Gershonites (1 Chronicles 6:76)
Shelomith - The Gershonites numbered nine fathers' houses, six named after Laadan, and three after Shimei. Laadan and Shimei are not named in 1 Chronicles 23:7 as being sons of Gershon, but as founders of the two chief lilies of the Gershonites
Gershon - He was the progenitor of the Gershonites, who had specifically assigned responsibilities regarding the transporting of the tabernacle during the years of Israel's nomadic existence in the wilderness
Ashtaroth - It was in the half-tribe of Manasseh (Joshua 13:12 ), and as a Levitical city was given to the Gershonites (1 Chronicles 6:71 )
ab'Don - ) ... A city in the tribe if Asher, given to the Gershonites, (Joshua 21:30 ; 1 Chronicles 6:74 ) the modern Abdeh, 10 miles northeast of Accho
Engannim - Allotted to the Gershonites (Leviticus 21:29)
Ithamar - Under the superintendence of Ithamar were placed the Gershonites and Merarites who carried portions of the tabernacle
Ith'Amar - (Exodus 28:1,40,43 ; Numbers 3:3,4 ; 1 Chronicles 24:2 ) In the distribution of services belonging to the tabernacle, and its transport on the march of the Israelites, the Gershonites and the Merarites were placed under the superintendence of Ithamar
Kohathites - Since Kohath was the grandfather of Aaron, Moses, and Miriam (Exodus 6:20 ; Numbers 26:59 ; see Amram), the Kohathites were considered the most important of the three major Levitical families (that is, Kohathites, Gershonites, and Merarites). The Kohathites, along with the Gershonites and Merarites, were placed around the tabernacle and were charged with caring for and moving it. See Levites ; Gershonites; Merarites
Abdon -
This is the name also of a Levitical town of the Gershonites, in the tribe of Asher ( Joshua 21:30 ; 1Chronicles 6:74)
Abdon - City in the tribe of Asher, one of the four given to the Gershonites
Ithamar - ); set over the Gershonites and the Merarites in connexion with the service of the Tent of Meeting ( Numbers 4:21-33 ; Numbers 7:7 f
Merarites - The Merarites and Gershonites were responsible for the set up, breakdown, and transport of the tabernacle (Numbers 10:17 ; compare Numbers 3:36-37 ; Numbers 4:29-33 ; Numbers 7:8 )
Gershon, Gershonites - At the numbering of the Israelites in the wilderness there were 7,500 Gershonites as a branch of the Levites
Ithamar - Ithamar superintended the Gershonites who had charge of the curtains and hangings, and Merari who had charge of the pillars, Cords, and boards, on the march (Exodus 38:21; Numbers 4:21-33)
Camp And Encamp - The tabernacle was placed in the centre; and round it were the tents of the house of Levi, in four divisions; Moses and Aaron, with the priests, on the east side, the Gershonites westward, Numbers 3:1-51, the Kohathites southward, and the Memrites northward
Merari - ... They shared with the Gershonites and Kohathites the offices of singers, doorkeepers, etc
Levites - ... The priests occupied the eastern side of the tabernacle, inside Judah the leading camp; the Kohathites the southern side, inside Reuben; the Gershonites the western side, inside Ephraim; the Merarites the northern, inside Daniel The aggregate of Gershonites (Numbers 3:22), Kohathites (Numbers 3:28), and Merarites (Numbers 3:34), is 22,300; but in the redemption 300 are deducted (probably the firstborn in Levi within the year that had elapsed since the command was issued, Numbers 3:40-43), and 22,000 taken as substituted for Israel's male firstborn. ... So, of 8,600 Kohathites, 2,750 were on duty, of 7,500 Gershonites 2,630, of 6,200 Merarites 3,200 (Numbers 4). The Gershonites bore the tent hangings and curtains; the Merarites the tabernacle boards, bars, and pillars; the Kohathites under Eleazar bore the vessels on their shoulders (Numbers 7:9); the Gershonites and Merarites under Ithamar (Numbers 4:28; Numbers 4:33), because of their weighty charge, were allowed oxen and wagons. " Korah's sons of the Levites, headed by Heman, played upon psalteries and harps (1 Chronicles 9:19; 1 Chronicles 9:32); the Kohathites prepared the shewbread every sabbath; the Gershonites were headed by Asaph's son in the temple choir (1 Chronicles 6:39; 1 Chronicles 6:44; 1 Chronicles 15:17), the Merarites by Ethan or Jeduthun
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Levites - The Levites were divided into different classes: Gershonites, Kohathites, Merarites, and Aaronites or priests, Numbers 3, &c. The Gershonites, whose number was seven thousand five hundred, were employed in the marches through the wilderness in carrying the veils and curtains of the tabernacle; the Kohathites, whose number was eight thousand six hundred, in carrying the ark and sacred vessels of the tabernacle; the Merarites, whose number was six thousand two hundred, in carrying the several pieces of the tabernacle which could not be placed upon the chariots; and the Aaronites were the priests who served the sanctuary
Levites - They consisted of three great families, the Kohathites, the Gershonites, and the Merarites, of which the first carried the sacred vessels, the second the hangings and curtains of the tabernacle, and the third the boards and pillars
Levite - The Gershonites pitched their tents on the west of the tabernacle (3:23), the Kohathites on the south (3:29), the Merarites on the north (3:35), and the priests on the east (3:38)
Ashtaroth - see]), originally held by Og, king of Bashan ( Deuteronomy 1:4 , Joshua 9:10 ; Joshua 12:4 ; Joshua 13:12 ; Joshua 13:31 ), later captured by the Israelites and by them awarded to the Gershonites ( Joshua 21:27 Be-eshterah , ‘dwelling [or temple] of Ashtoreth’; cf
Kohath, Kohathites - (1) During the desert wanderings the Kohathites were on the south side of the Tent ( Numbers 3:30 ), and they carried the screen of the sanctuary and its furniture, after it had been prepared for travel by the greatest of all the descendants of Kohath Aaron and his sons ( Numbers 3:31 , Numbers 4:4-18 , Numbers 10:21 ); they were privileged to carry their burden upon their shoulders ( Numbers 7:9 ), instead of in waggons, as the Gershonites and Merarites; they were superintended by Eleazar, Aaron’s son ( Numbers 4:16 )
Levite - There were forty-eight Levitical cities and these were divided among four groups – the priestly Kohathites (Aaron was a Kohathite; Exodus 6:16-20), the non-priestly Kohathites, the Gershonites, and the Merarites
le'Vites - (Numbers 3:31 ; 4:15 ; 31:35) (2) the Gershonites had to carry the tent-hangings and curtains