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Levitical Cities

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Scholarly attention has focused on the Levitical cities mentioned in the HB/OT because of ostensible conflicts between references to the Levites’ patrimonial estate and reports of no inheritance given to them (e.g., Gen 49:7; Num 18:24; Deut 10:8–9; 14:29; 16:11, 14; 26:11–12; Josh 13:33; 18:7). Some passages assert that the inheritance of the Levites was none other than YHWH to whom they were consecrated: their consecration resulted from their redemption of the Israelite firstborns (Num 3:11–1…

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