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There were twenty-four watches (mishmarim) of kohanim. Each worked for a week, from Shabas to Shabas, and then the cycle repeated itself. (Rambam, K'le Hamikdash 4.)

There were forty-eight cities in which shevet Levi lived.

Was there only one city per watch of kohanim, or did a watch live in more than one city?

Was there only one watch per city, or did a city house more than one watch?

(Perhaps there was no correspondence at all between watches and cities. I have no reason to think there was one, except that travel to and from Jerusalem might be easier en masse and that twenty-four is half of forty-eight.)

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Do we know Kohanim lived in the Levite cities, and not their own? – Double AA Dec 13 '12 at 16:38
At least Second Temple watches all lived in separate cities, per this Kinnah hebrewbooks.org/… – Double AA Dec 13 '12 at 16:39
@DoubleAA I was assuming the cities were for kohanim also. Any correction of a misapprehension would be appreciated, and may serve as an answer. – msh210 Dec 13 '12 at 17:36
@DoubleAA How do you see that from that kina? – msh210 Dec 13 '12 at 17:36
Well in it we have a listing of 24 cities, so they must have lived independent of each other. – Double AA Dec 13 '12 at 17:41

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