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1 Chronicles 9:30 And some of the sons of the priests were compounders of the mixture for the spices. https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16529/showrashi/true

Ezra 10:18 And it was found of the sons of the priests who brought in foreign women, of the sons of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah. https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16507/showrashi/true

In regards to the phrase "sons of the priests" (in either of the above passages), were these literal "sons of the priests"? If so, the phrase could have easily been shortened to "the priests" instead of "the sons of the priests", since the literal sons of the priests are themselves priests.

What did the sages of blessed memory say about this phrase "sons of the priests"?

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  • Also Nechemiah 12:35. Possibly Ezra 2:61 as well (comp. Nechemiah 7:63).
    – Harel13
    Mar 7 at 15:50
  • I don't think b'nei means sons here. It probably means "members of". E.g. בני בליעל for wicked people.
    – N.T.
    Mar 8 at 11:14
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    @N.T. That opens up a new question: what does "members of the priests" mean, as opposed to literal/figurative "sons of the priests"?
    – ninamag
    Mar 8 at 11:23
  • Perhaps it's comparable to the term "sons of the prophets" (בני הנביאים) which refers to students of prophets; people who were studying how to become prophets.
    – Harel13
    Mar 9 at 14:53
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    @Deuteronomy I understand what you are saying, but as according to the first passage quoted, "1 Chronicles 9:30 And some of the sons of the priests were compounders of the mixture for the spices." - It has been said that the "compounders of the mixture for the spices" can only be qualified priests. Therefore your comment, based on this point is moot; your point would have been (or is) relevant, I suppose, for the next quoted passage: "Ezra 10:18 And it was found of the sons of the priests who brought in foreign women ...."
    – ninamag
    Mar 9 at 15:51

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