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Ithamar was the youngest son of  the High Priest Aaron . After his two eldest brothers Nadab and Abihu died, he served as a priest along with his older brother, Eleazar, who served as High Priest.[1]

During the travels of the Israelites in the desert, he stood at the head of the children of Gershom and Merari, the carriers of the tabernacle and everything in it.[2]

He was also in charge of the work of the Levites in general.[3]

His descendants would soon take charge of the priesthood of God, for a period of a hundred years.


  1. Numbers 20:28 (Link)
  2. Numbers 4:28 (Link)
  3. Exodus 38:21 (Link)