Thursday, February 10, 2005


Member of a group of clans of religious functionaries in ancient Israel who apparently were given a special religious status, conjecturally for slaughtering idolaters of the golden calf during the time of Moses (Ex. 32:25 - 29). They thus replaced the firstborn sons of Israel who were �dedicated to the service of the Lord� for having been preserved from death at the time of the


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