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The Levites were set apart by God approximately 4000-5000 BC as mentioned in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament. They were set apart to be the preists of the Tribes of Israel, and it was their job to see that all of the laws God set out were followed.

As to "why the Levites"? It seems to me that each tribe was sort of given a job (perhaps based off their tendency toward a certain type of labor. Some were farmers, some were herders, some were builders...) and the Levites, for whatever reason, were chosen as the Priests. If there's more to it than that, I've never heard.

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In Numbers Chapter 1 from verses 50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.

53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

The Levites held the Levitical or Aaronic Priesthood, it will be their responsibility to offer up sacrafices to the Lord when He comes again.

I am not sure if it was the Levites who built the tabernacle.

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