Korah and the bald priests


In Numbers 16 and 17 we find the story of the rebellion of Korah. Actually, critics distinguish two stories that someone has spliced together. There is the rebellion of Korah against Moses and Aaron, which was an issue within the tribe of Levi. Then there is a rebellion of certain members of the tribe of Reuben (Dathan and Abiram), which reflected the demotion of that once-great tribe. The story of Reuben sleeping with Jacob’s concubine is another Bible explanation for the slippage of a tribe that was originally preeminent.

Even though the story in Numbers 16 seems to say that all the Korahites died when the earth swallowed them or fire devoured them (vs.31-35), the sons of Korah have an honorable place in subsequent biblical history.

The prophet Samuel was a descendant of Korah.

After the sons of Zadok took on the sole right to preside at sacrifices in Jerusalem…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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