[GTh] Re: Alexandria
- Hello Frank,
2 samuel 8:18 indicates that david's sons were priests. This along
with samuel's apparent adoption into the priesthood suggests that
there was a way to become an adopted levite as you suggest for james.
Samuel, the virgin mary, james the brother of Jesus were allowed to
serve in the temple and were all nazirites according to various
traditions. Josephus gives us an adoption process for the essenes
(who at Qumran seem to have been led by levites). Philo also suggests
a strong relationship for the nazirites and the priests.
imo the nazirite ceremony or something used in conjunction with it
like acts 26:18 was used as an adoption process by the levites. This
would explain why nazirites per various traditions and why non-
descendants of levi (2 samuel 8:18) were considered to be priests.
Irregardless, 2 Samuel 8:18 indicates that people could become
priests who weren't blood descendants of levi.