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Postby Susan » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:36 pm

I recently read that "levitate" was associated with "Levi" or "levites"--the Hebrew priestly tribe that carried the Ark of the Covenant. Any truth to this?
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Postby skinem » Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:22 am

Hmmm...dunno.
But, here's what I could find.

lev·i·tate
Pronunciation: 'le-v&-"tAt
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -tat·ed; -tat·ing
Etymology: levity
intransitive verb : to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation
transitive verb : to cause to levitate

Main Entry: lev·i·ty
Pronunciation: 'le-v&-tE
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin levitat-, levitas, from levis light in weight -- more at LIGHT
1 : excessive or unseemly frivolity
2 : lack of steadiness : CHANGEABLENESS

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin levits, from levis, light; see legwh- in Indo-European roots
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Postby Perry » Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:17 am

The etymology would seem to speak against this Biblical connection. Anyway, I suppose that you can say that the covenant lifts the people, rather than the other way around.
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Postby skinem » Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:21 pm

Perry wrote:The etymology would seem to speak against this Biblical connection. Anyway, I suppose that you can say that the covenant lifts the people, rather than the other way around.


I thought you might know, Perry.

You're right about the covenant, although the people lifted it frequently and often. When I was a kid, I always felt sorry for Uzzah...
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Postby Perry » Fri Dec 29, 2006 1:59 pm

Well actually, the tabernacle (or covenant) is said to have been carried or born, not lifted (Numbers 9:17). Other times is it said to have travelled or set forth (Numbers 10:35).
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