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Seorim in Wikipedia
Seorim was a priest of ancient Israel after the order of
Aaron, during the reign of King David in the 10th century
BCE. Seorim lead the fourth of the 24 priestly divisions.
The biblical passage of 1 Chronicles 24 documents the
division of the priests during the reign of King David.
These priests were all descendants of Aaron, who had four
sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. However, Nadab and
Abihu died before Aaron and only Eleazar and Ithamar had
sons. One priest, Zadok, from Eleazar's descendants and
another priest, Ahimelech, from Ithamar's descendants were
designated to help create the various priestly orders.
Sixteen of Eleazar's descendants were selected to head
priestly orders while only eight of Ithamar's descendants
were so chosen. The passage states that this was done
because of the greater number of leaders among Eleazar's
descendants. Lots were drawn to designate the order of
ministering for the heads of the priestly orders when they
entered the temple. Since each order was responsible for
ministering during a different week, Seorim's order was
stationed as a watch at the Tabernacle during the fourth
week of the year on the Hebrew calendar.
While Easton's Bible Dictionary translates Seorim as barley,
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names ascribes the meaning
of gates, hairs, or tempests to the Hebrew name Seorim.
An R. Seorim is also mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud in
the Ebel Rabbathi 3rd Chapter discussing pain at the time of