Personal Profile: Shallum The Korahite

One of the more obscure members of the Sons of Korah is a fellow named Shallum the Korahite.  Nonetheless, this fellow is important enough that no only he but one of his sons is listed prominently in 1 Chronicles as servants of God.  Let us therefore examine his faithful example of service to God and that of his son.

The Service of Shallum

Like Heman’s service [1], Shallum’s service was of such a nature as to receive the notice of both God and his fellow Levites.  In 1 Chronicles 9:17-19 we read about Shallum:  “And the gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their brethren.  Shallum was the chief.  Until then they had been gatekeepers for the camps of the children of Levi at the King’s Gate on the east.  Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, from his father’s house, the Koraites, were in charge of the work of the service, gatekeepers of the tabernacle.  Their fathers had been keepers of the entrance to the camp of the Lord.”

Shallum is apparently known by another name in 1 Chronicles 26:1, which refers to him as Meshelemiah the son of Kore, the son of Asaph. Here again he is referred to as the chief of the gatekeepers, and so it is likely that Meshelemiah was the same person referred to as Shallum elsewhere, including earlier in 1 Chronicles as well as in Ezra and Nehemiah. As is a common problem, especially among the more obscure people of biblical times, the identity of Shallum the Korahite has been clouded by the fact that the Hebrew scriptures refer to his name in more than one way, making it difficult for people to recognize his importance for what it is truly worth.

Despite the fact that Shallum is an obscure personage who does not speak directly in scripture, he is noted here in 1 Chronicles as the chief of the gatekeepers and having come from a family of faithful servants of God who served generation after generation as gatekeepers.  The sons of Korah were in charge of ensuring that only the right people came in and out of the tabernacle, responsible for opening and closing it, a responsibility that allowed them to work closely with the priests (though they were not priests themselves).  The sons of Korah therefore stood as a visible reminder to every believer who entered the tabernacle to worship or sacrifice of the mercy of God and of his grace to those who obey Him and refrain from rebellion.  Among these gatekeepers Shallum was recognized as chief by his peers.

Shallum’s Family Example

However, not only Shallum was a servant of God but so was his son recognized as a faithful servant of God in a different fashion.  1 Chronicles 9:31-32 speaks about Shallum’s son and his responsibilities:  “Mattihiah of the Levites, the first born of Shallum the Korahite, had the trusted office over the things that were baked in the pans.  And some of their brethren of the sons of of the Kohathites were in charge of preparing the showbread for every Sabbath.”  Here we see that while the father served in guarding the gate the son served in charge of what was cooked and prepared for the showbread for the priests.  Both father and son therefore had a reputation for faithful service among their brethren of the Levites and a role that was recognized by those who served and attended around the temple and tabernacle.

This example of faithful service passed on from generation to generation is something that marks the Sons of Korah whenever they appear in scripture, an aspect that has not often been examined in detail.  Just as the example of Elkanah’s godly service was passed down to his son Samuel and his grandson Heman, so we see the example of Shallum and his son Mattihiah in their faithful service.  Despite being somewhat obscure people to us, in a part of the Bible that is not often read and even less often examined in great detail, their example has been recorded for all time for their faithful service to God to serve as an example to ourselves to pass down our example of service down through the generations.

Interestingly enough, this family example of Shallum the Korahite was remembered and recognized many centuries after his original service.  We find in Ezra 2:40-42 a record of the Levites who returned from the captivity with Zerubbabel:  “The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodaviah, seevnty four.  The singers:  The sons of Asaph, one hundred and twenty-eight.  The sons of the gatekeepers:  the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, and the sons of Shobai, one hundred and thirty-nine in all.”  The faithful service of Shallum as a gatekeeper was recognized even in the time of Ezra, more than six hundred years after the time of David.  1 Chronicles 9:16 notes that Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, among these sons of Korah, lived in the village of the Netophathites, a small village near Tekoa and some three miles southeast of Bethlehem in Judah.


Despite the fact that little is said in the scriptures about Shallum the Korahite and his family, what is said demonstrates that Shallum’s service was faithful and conspicuous and was a lesson passed down to his children after him.  The faithful service of the Sons of Korah over the generations was a living testimony to Israel if they chose to examine it and reflect upon it, and it remains for us as well to reflect upon.  Hopefully we may all serve as faithfully and set an example for our families to the extent of the noble Shallum.


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15 Responses to Personal Profile: Shallum The Korahite

  1. gonzolupe says:

    Nathan, I’m really liking these blogs about obscure people in the Bible.

    Good stuff!

    • Why tell people what they already know? I am working on a project about the Sons of Korah (most of whom are exceedingly obscure) and figured it would be a worthwhile bit of research to share with others, considering the conspicuous service of the Sons of Korah throughout the Bible, service that is almost completely unknown and unrecognized.

      • aimee curry says:

        I am a descendant of the Sons of Korah I would love seeing your finished project. Our families name is Curry it was anglicized in Ireland. One of my ancestor Muiredach O’Daly was the very most famous bard or Ollam that Ireland and Scotland had. I think that they accompanied Jeremiah the prophet when he was bringing the last Judaic princess to Ireland to marry off to Ebers son. I always wondered if they accompanied him to Ireland to transport relics from the Holy of Hollies. (like the ark) They were the only ones who were actually allowed to transport or touch or look upon the things there in without being killed. Remember when King David’s son accidently reached out to steady the ark and was killed. Then David was afraid and angry and he orderd that it be taken to Obed-edom one of the Sons of Korah living on the Western wall I believe.

      • Indeed, I have blogged about Obed-Edom as well. If you want the link to the post of mine that shows all of the writing I have done about the Sons of Korah to date, I will give it to you: As far as completing the project goes, I only have a little further to go, but I don’t have any great skill in editing nor any publisher for the work as of yet.

    • Nathan, I came across this book called The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History: Hugh Trevor-Roper. In that book it spoke of an english man by the name of James Mcphereson who was wanting to write a history of the peoples of the Isles. He traveled to Scotland to Clan Ranald where he had hoped that he could borrow one of two books they had in there possession one being the Red Book of Clanranald the other being the Black Book of Clanranald. Whilst there the chief told them about a far more ancient and important book that had been in my McMurrich/Korah possession. It was what had been previously the oral traditions, histories, geneologies etc… That had been my families responsibility to maintain it was said that they had dated back to the time of Adam and Eve. Written in a book which he borrowed and never returned. I really have this suspicion or hunch that it spurned the English Monarchies attempt to try to totally destroy the bard colleges and to usurp and cover up the fact that the Irish and Scottish etc.. Are Israel. I actually have always believed that America and not England is Ephraim and that black America is Judah that would make America the fufillment of Ezekials two stick prophecy which would make sense. If England were Ephraim than they would not need to exploit America as they do. Not only that but I believe the Windsors are illigitimate. Scotland is primogenitor which would have made Robert the Bruce II oldest son with his first wife Amy McRuari the rightful aire rather than his oldest son with his second wife Marjorie Stewart the air. I think it is setting up the stage for the Antichrist who will either be Charles or William or possibly the new son. There is a great video on youtube called THE ANTICHRIST AND A CUP OF TEA which I feel lays out a pretty airtight case about this. Also I would think that it would make sense that it would be a smooth transition going from being temple musician’s and service leaders, psalmists etc… into becoming bards. Also the Levites were exempt from military service and taxation as were the priests and bards in Ireland. The part that kind of bothers me though is some of the quotation from some famous persons and historians about some of the customs of the priests. Such as human sacrifice and augary? This is confusing to me. I don’t know if that was the priests from the migration from Egypt and those pagan customs and rituals were a product of captivity in a pagan land I think these became the druidic priests. Julius Ceasar, Pliny the Elder, Strabo, Tacitus, Herodutus etc.. had some curious things to say about them. I know the stone of scone or coronation stone that the Royalty has been coronated over was supposed to be Jacobs Pillow. I’ve heard that Tea Tephi had started the summer games as a celebration to remember their Jewish/Israelite history. I’m not an author or researcher but I feel like their is a story of some kind there for the right person. I feel like If American’s awakened to the fact that we are Israel and we could realize that we are to be the head and not the tail. We might be able to fufill Hosea 5:15 I will return to my place, until they acknowledge their offense in their affliction they will seek me earnestly. I feel like people get confused between AntiZionism and AntiSemitism and that the Zionists are the Jews in Revelation 3:9 I know the blasphemy of those who call themselves Jews but do lie but are the synagogue of Satan. They bought out the media in 1949 with Project MOCKINGBIRD and they use it to deceive America into thinking that they are God’s chosen and that we are doing God’s will by allowing them to exploit and manipulate us. I think we are actually doing Lucifer’s bidding. If you look up Satanic verses in the Talmud or if you look up Quotes about Zionists by famous people you will get a better idea of what I am talking about.

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