Mary, Jamaica, in the late 1700s; negotiations related to the migration of African Americans to Jamaican plantations in the mid-19th century; Marcus Garvey's relationship with African Americans after coming to the US in 1916; African Jamaican and African American religious cooperation and incorporation in the Church of God and Saints of Christ; African American and African Jamaican encounters in the Florida sugar cane fields from 1943 to 1996; and the story of a Jamaican healer, Moshe Ben Kohath
, invited by African Americans he met in Jamaica to visit their country, who became a Jew.
What seems very interesting is that the Bible has recorded the names of several overseers, like those of Jahath and Obadiath, of the sons of Merari, and Zechariach and Meshullam, the sons of Kohath
who supervised the works of the Temple.
1, Social Institutions 25 (1965)) (noting that Elkanah traced his lineage back to Kohath
, the son of Levi, so in reality he was not an ordinary commoner).
Originally descendants of Aaron, today they are of the Levite lineage of the sons of Uzziel ben Kohath
ben Levi, for in 1624 the last high priest of the line of Aaron, Shalmah be Phineas, died without male issue.
A Septuagint variation on the length of the sojourn reduces it to only 210 years, which does fit the genealogy that traces a short line of descent from Levi, son of Jacob, through Gershon and Kohath
to Amram, father of Miriam, Aaron, and Moses.
However, a scrutiny of BH reveals that the nominal pattern qdtal is common to proper names, e.g., [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Aram), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (the land of Gerar), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Nebath, Jeroboam's parent), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Anath, Shamgar's parent), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (the city of Arad), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (the Euphrates River), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Kohath
, son of Levi), etc.