Ancestor of Moses and Aaron and thus of the Jewish priestly lines. Because of his significance for the priesthood, he is mentioned frequently in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
a Levite, a descendant of the tribe of Levi who is not a * Kohen
(lay-VEE) n. Levi. 3rd son of Jacob and patriarch of the tribe of Levi (Gen. 29:34). In the Judeo-Christian tradition, Levi was the founder of the Levite tribe of Ancient Israel. He was a son of Jacob (also known as Israel) who was in turn a son of Isaac, the son of Abraham.