Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1) The eldest son of Levi ( 1 Chronicles 6:16 , 6:17 , 6:20 , 6:43 , 6:62 , 6:71
; 15:7)=GERSHON (q.v.).
(2) The elder of the two sons of Moses born to him in Midian ( Exodus 2:22 ; 18:3
). On his way to Egypt with his family, in obedience to the command of the Lord,
Moses was attacked by a sudden and dangerous illness ( Exodus 4:24 - 26 ), which
Zipporah his wife believed to have been sent because he had neglected to circumcise
his son. She accordingly took a "sharp stone" and circumcised her son Gershom,
saying, "Surely a bloody husband art thou to me", i.e., by the blood of her child
she had, as it were, purchased her husband, had won him back again.
(3) A descendant of Phinehas who returned with Ezra from Babylon ( Ezra 8:2 ).
(4) The son of Manasseh ( Judges 18:30 ), in RSV "of Moses."
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
a stranger here
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(a stranger or exile).
(1) The first-born son of Moses and Zipporah. ( Exodus 2:22 ; 18:3 ) (B.C. 1530.)
(2) The form under which the name GERSHON--the eldest son of Levi--is given in
several passages of Chronicles, viz., ( 1 Chronicles 6:16 , 6:17 , 6:20 , 6:43
, 6:62 , 6:71 ; 15:7 )
(3) The representative of the priestly family of Phinehas, among those who accompanied
Ezra from Babylon. ( Ezra 8:2 ) (B.C. 536.)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
gur'-shom (gereshom, from garash, "to cast out"; explained,
however, in Exodus 2:22 and 18:3 as from gur, "For he said, I have been a sojourner
in a foreign land"):
(1) Firstborn son of Moses and Zipporah. The only details of his life contained
in the Pentateuch are the account of his circumcision (Exodus 4:25), and his remaining
under the care of Jethro, while Moses was in Egypt leading the Exodus. His descendants
were numbered among the tribes of Levi (1 Chronicles 23:14). One of them apparently
was the Jonathan who officiated as priest of the idolatrous sanctuary at Dan,
and whose descendants held the office until the captivity. The Massoretic Text
inserts a suspended nun, "n," in the name of Moses (mosheh), causing it to be
lead Manasseh, for the purpose, according to tradition, of disguising the name
out of respect for the revered Lawgiver. Another descendant described as a "son"
was Shebuel, a ruler over the treasuries of David.
(2) A son of Levi, so called in 1 Chronicles 6:16,17,20,43,12,71 (Hebrew 1,2,5,28,47,56);
15:7; elsewhere GERSHON (which see).
(3) A descendant of Phinehas, the head of a father's house, who journeyed with
Ezra from Babylon to Jerusalem in the reign of Artaxerxes (Ezra 8:2).
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