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Torrey's Topical Textbook
First notice of persons acting as
During patriarchal age heads of families acted as
Ge 8:20; 12:8; 35:7.
After the exodus young men (first-born) deputed to act as
Ex 24:5; 19:22.
The sons of Aaron appointed as, by perpetual statute
Ex 29:9; 40:15.
All except seed of Aaron excluded from being
Nu 3:10; 16:40; 18:7.
Sanctified by God for the office
Ex 28:3; Nu 3:3.
Ceremonies at consecration of
Required to remain in the tabernacle seven days after consecration
No blemished or defective persons could be consecrated
Required to prove their genealogy before they exercised the office
Ezr 2:62; Ne 7:64.
Required to wash in the brazen laver before they performed their services
Were to live by the altar as they had no inheritance
De 18:1,2; 1Co 9:13.
Tenth of the tithes paid to the Levites.
Thirteen of the Levitical cities given to, for residence
Nu 18:26,28; Ne 10:37,38; Heb 7:5.
Nu 18:8,12,13; De 18:4.
Redemption-money of the first-born.
Nu 3:48,51; 18:15,16.
First-born of animals or their substitutes.
Nu 18:17,18; Ex 13:12,13.
First of the wool of sheep.
Show-bread after its removal.
Le 24:9; 1Sa 21:4-6; Mt 12:4.
Part of all sacrifices.
Le 7:6-10,31,34; Nu 6:19,20; 18:8-11; De 18:3.
All devoted things.
All restitutions when the owner could not be found.
A fixed portion of the spoil taken in war.
1Ch 6:57-60; Nu 35:1-8.
Might purchase and hold other lands in possession
1Ki 2:26; Jer 32:8,9.
Special laws respecting
Not to marry divorced or improper persons.
Divided by David into twenty-four courses
Not to defile themselves for the dead except the nearest of kin.
Not to drink wine, &c while attending in the tabernacle.
Le 10:9; Eze 44:21.
Not to defile themselves by eating what died or was torn.
While unclean could not perform any service.
Le 22:1,2; Nu 19:6,7.
While unclean could not eat of the holy things.
No sojourner or hired servant to eat of their portion.
All bought and home-born servants to eat of their portion.
Children of, married to strangers, not to eat of their portion.
Restitution to be made to, by persons ignorantly eating of their holy things.
1Ch 24:1-19; 2Ch 8:14; 35:4,5.
The four courses which returned from Babylon subdivided into 24
Ezr 2:36-39; Lu 1:5.
Each course of, had its president or chief
1Ch 24:6,31; 2Ch 36:14.
Services of, divided by lot
Punishment for invading the office of
Nu 16:1-35; 18:7; 2Ch 26:16-21.
On special occasions persons not of Aaron's family acted as
Jdj 6:24-27; 1Sa 7:9; 1Ki 18:33.
Generally participated in punishment of the people
Jer 14:18; La 2:20.
Made of the lowest of the people by Jeroboam and others
1Ki 12:21; 2Ki 17:32.
Services of, ineffectual for removing sin
Heb 7:11; 10:11.
Kinds of, mentioned
Dungeons attached to
Jer 38:6; Zec 9:11.
Were under the care of a keeper
Used for confining
Confinement in, often awarded as a punishment
Confinement in, considered a severe punishment
Places used as
The king had power to commit to
Magistrates had power to commit to
Persons confined in
The king had power to release from
Magistrates had power to release from