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Bible reading: Joshua 21-24 (8 min.)
(Joshua 21:3)So at the order of Jehovah, the Israelites gave the Levites these cities and their pastures out of their own inheritance.
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The 48 cities administered by the Levites, including the 6 cities of refuge, were all enclaves in the territory of other tribes. (Jos 21:3-41) In this manner Jacob’s deathbed prophecy concerning Simeon and Levi was fulfilled, that ‘they shall have a portion in Jacob, but will be scattered in Israel.’—Ge 49:7.
(Joshua 21:16)A′in with its pastures, Jut′tah with its pastures, and Beth-she′mesh with its pastures—nine cities out of these two tribes.
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3. At Joshua 21:16 Ain is listed as one of the cities given to the Levites. A comparison of this text with Joshua 15:42; 19:7 and 1 Chronicles 6:59 indicates that the city here referred to is elsewhere called Ashan.—See ASHAN.
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At Joshua 21:16 the list of cities given to the Kohathites, corresponding to that at 1 Chronicles 6:59, is presented, but “Ain” appears in the Joshua list in place of Ashan. The Soncino Books of the Bible (London, 1950), commenting on the text, suggests that the full name of the city may have been Ain-ashan.
(Joshua 21:25)And from the half tribe of Ma•nas′seh: Ta′a•nach with its pastures and Gath-rim′mon with its pastures—two cities.
*** it-1 p. 314 Bileam ***
The listing of Levite cities at Joshua 21:11-39 does not include Bileam, but many scholars believe that a scribal error caused Gath-rimmon to be repeated in verse 25 in place of Bileam.
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2. A city of Manasseh, given to the Kohathite Levites. (Jos 21:20, 25) Since the similar account at 1 Chronicles 6:70 has “Bileam,” many scholars believe this latter name originally appeared in place of Gath-rimmon at Joshua 21:25.—See IBLEAM.
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(Ib′le•am) [possibly from a root meaning “swallow down”].
A city in the territory of Issachar but assigned with its dependent towns to Manasseh. The Manassites, however, failed to dispossess the Canaanites from Ibleam. (Jos 17:11-13; Jg 1:27) Ibleam appears to be the same as the Bileam in Manasseh given to the Kohathite Levites. (1Ch 6:70) But the parallel passage mentioning Levite cities in the territory of the half tribe of Manasseh (Jos 21:25) reads “Gath-rimmon” instead of “Bileam” or “Ibleam.” Generally this is attributed to scribal error, “Gath-rimmon,” the name of a city in Dan, probably having been inadvertently repeated from verse 24.
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