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ITHAMAR . The fourth and youngest son of Aaron and Elisheba ( Exodus 6:23 etc.); consecrated priest ( Exodus 28:1 ff.); forbidden to mourn for Nadab and Abihu ( Leviticus 10:6 ), or to leave the Tent of Meeting ( Leviticus 10:7 ); afterwards entrusted by Moses with priestly duties ( Leviticus 10:12 ff.) and rebuked by him for neglect ( Leviticus 10:16 ff.); set over the Gershonites and the Merarites in connexion with the service of the Tent of Meeting ( Numbers 4:21-33 ; Numbers 7:7 f.; cf. also Exodus 38:21 ); ancestor of Eli (cf. 1 Kings 2:27 with 1 Chronicles 24:3 ; Jos. [Note: Josephus.] Ant . VIII. i. 3). The family in David’s time was only half the size of Eleazar’s ( 1 Chronicles 24:4 ). It was represented among the returned exiles ( Ezra 8:2 ).

W. Taylor Smith.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ithamar'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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