The topic title says it all - Is a “Levite” another word for a “Levant”?
I came about the question while trying to figure out the meaning of a quote in one of this past week’s old testament readings… from Jeremiah…
“The prophets prophesied by Baal,
and went after useless idols.”
I Googled Baal, and Wikipedia ranked first (as Wikipedia so often does):
Baal (/ˈbeɪəl, ˈbɑːəl/), properly Baʿal, was a title and honorific meaning “lord” in the Northwest Semitic languages spoken in the Levant during antiquity. From its use among people, it came to be applied to gods.
Baal also shows up as one of the seven princes of hell, which seems more to the like what the scripture passage means.
I also looked up “Levant”, and it defined a levant as “a run away, typically leaving unpaid debts.”
It’s 3:40am here, and I’m not focused at all, so I can’t clearly deep-dive into the matter right now… but I just wondered if the Levites and Levants were the same… largely because of St Matthew, who was a Levi, and a tax collector/accountant prior to becoming an apostle…