The violent nature of the Levites both (1) lost them land in Israel and (2) gained them the priesthood.
Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm is a book that every serious student of the Bible should take up. This book challenges conventional interpretations of Scripture and provokes the reader to consider a more supernatural view of the world than he likely holds. Hence the subtitle of the book, Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible.
The claim that Hitchens and others make is that the Hebrew word behind “virgin” (עַלְמָה alma) in this text simply means “young woman.” The implication is that nothing miraculous is being promised, and that therefore, universal Christian tradition regarding the virgin birth of Christ is based fundamentally on an illegitimate reading of the Old Testament Scripture.
The word canon comes from the Greek kanon (κανων), meaning “rule.” The canon of Scripture thus refers to the rule of Scripture, identifying what is Scripture. But the issue of canon actually deals with two questions: (1) Which books belong in the Bible? (2) And what should be the order of these books?