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Gershon (Hebrew: גרשון, Gēreshōn; "Name means::expelled") (b. ca. Born::Abib 2287 AM) was the firstborn son of Levi and the progenitor of the second-ranking family of the Levites.

Life and Family


He was born in Canaan and entered Egypt in Entry into Egypt::Teveth 2298 AM.

Position of descendants

When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, the Gershonites had a specific responsibility regarding the transport of the Tabernacle. When the Israelites were in camp, they encamped on the western or rearward end of the Tabernacle. When the Israelites marched, they marched between the first and second tribal ranks (and probably behind the Merarites, and carried the coverings and hangings of the Holy Place and the courtyard, with their cords (Numbers 3:21-26 , Numbers 4:22-28 ).[1][2]

When the Israelites took possession of the land, the Gershonites were alloted thirteen cities in Issacharite, Asherite, and Naphtalite territories, and from the eastern portion of the Manassite territory (Joshua 21:6 ).

See Also

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  1. Brand C, Draper C, England A, et al., eds. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003, pp. 640-641
  2. "Kohath, Gershon, and Merari.", n.d. Accessed November 24, 2008.