Definitions of korah

  1. baldness; ice; frost
  2. ( baldness ). 1. Third son of Esau by Aholibamah. ( Genesis 36:5 Genesis 36:14 Genesis 36:18 ; 1 Chronicles 1:35 ) He was born in Canaan before Esau migrated to Mount Seir, ( Genesis 36:5-9 ) and was one of the " dukes" of Edom. ( B.C. 1790.) 2. Another Edomitish " duke" of this name, sprung from Eliphaz, Esaus son of Adah. ( Genesis 36:16 ) 3. One of the " sons of Hebron," in ( 1 Chronicles 2:43 ) 4. Son of Izhar the son of Kohath the son of Levi. He was leader of the famous rebellion against his cousins Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, for which he paid the penalty of perishing with his followers by an earthquake and flames of fire. ( Numbers 16 ; 26:9-11 ) The particular grievance which rankled in the mind of Korah and his company was their exclusion from the office of the priesthood, and their being confined -- those among them who were Levites-- to the inferior service of the tabernacle. Korahs position as leader in this rebellion was evidently the result of his personal character, which was that of a bold, haughty and ambitious man. ( B.C. 1490.) In the New Testament ( Jude 1:11 ) Korah is coupled with Cain and Balaam.
  3. ice, hail. The third son of Esau, by Aholibamah ( Genesis 36:14 ; 1 Chronicles 1:35 ).
  4. ice, hail. A Levite, the son of Izhar, the brother of Amram, the father of Moses and Aaron ( Exodus 6:21 ). The institution of the Aaronic priesthood and the Levitical service at Sinai was a great religious revolution. The old priesthood of the heads of families passed away. This gave rise to murmurings and discontent, while the Israelites were encamped at Kadesh for the first time, which came to a head in a rebellion against Moses and Aaron, headed by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Two hundred and fifty princes, " men of renown" i.e., well-known men from among the other tribes, joined this conspiracy. The whole company demanded of Moses and Aaron that the old state of things should be restored, alleging that " they took too much upon them" ( Numbers 16:1-3 ). On the morning after the outbreak, Korah and his associates presented themselves at the door of the tabernacle, and " took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon." But immediately " fire from the Lord" burst forth and destroyed them all ( Numbers 16:35 ). Dathan and Abiram " came out and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children," and it came to pass " that the ground clave asunder that was under them; and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up." A plague thereafter began among the people who sympathized in the rebellion, and was only stayed by Aaron's appearing between the living and the dead, and making " an atonement for the people" ( 16:47 ). The descendants of the sons of Korah who did not participate in the rebellion afterwards rose to eminence in the Levitical service. These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[ N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. " Entry for Korah". " Easton's Bible Dictionary". .