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Meaning: joined; attached; adhesion; pledged

This was the name of 4 biblical men and a tribe of Israel.

  1. Levi, the 3rd son of Jacob by Leah

    The origin of the name is found in Leah’s words…

    “This time will my husband be joined [Hebrew: yillaveh] unto me.” —Genesis 29:34

    Descendants of this Levi are called Levites.

    Levi is mentioned as taking a prominent part in avenging his sister Dinah’s rape by Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land (Genesis 34:25-31).

    Levi and his 3 sons went down with Jacob (46:11) into Egypt, where he died at the age of 137 years (Exodus 6:16).

  2. Levi, the father of Matthat, and son of Simeon, of the ancestors of Christ (Luke 3:29)

  3. Levi, another ancestor of Jesus Christ

    He was the father of another Matthat, son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna (Luke 3:24).

  4. Levi, one of the apostles

    Levi later changed his name to Matthew (“gift of God”), possibly in grateful memory of his calling to Apostleship.

    He was the son of Alphaeus (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27,29), called also Matthew (Matthew 9:9). He was formerly a tax collector.

  5. Tribe of Levi (Levites)


Article Version: June 4, 2019