Bible Names A-G
Gershon in Wikipedia
According to the Torah, Gershon (Hebrew: גרשון) was the
eldest of the sons of Levi, and the patriarchal founder
of the Gershonites, one of the four main divisions among the
Levites in biblical times. The Gershonites were charged with
the care of the outer tabernacle including components such
as the tent and its covering, screens, doors, and hangings.
Biblical scholars regard the name as being essentially the
same as "Gershom" (Hebrew: גֵּרְשֹׁם, Modern Gerəšom Tiberian
Gērəšōm), which appears to mean "a sojourner there" (גר
שם), and it is Gershom rather than Gershon who is sometimes
listed in the Book of Chronicles as a founder of one of the
principal Levite factions. The Torah names Gershon's sons
as Libni and Shimei.
Textual scholars attribute the genealogy to the Book of
Generations, a document originating from a religiopolitical
group similar to that behind the Priestly source, and at a
similar date. According to biblical scholars, the Torah's
genealogy for Levi's descendants is actually an aetiological
myth reflecting the fact that there were four different
groups among the Levites-the Gershonites, the Kohathites,
the Merarites, and the Aaronids. In these scholars'
view, Levite was originally just a job title, deriving from
the Minaean word lawi'u, meaning "priest", rather than the
name of a tribe...