1 Chronicles Ch 6 tells of the descendants of Jacob's son, Levi, including Zadok the Priest. A no of them were priests and musicians and, like the outer tribes of Israel, were accorded a no of towns and te surrounding lands. It seems that Ancient Israel was in some respects, a federal state.
Sometimes when we look at the past, we find similarities that surprise us in terms of governance and expectations. The past may be a foreign country, but we also see common humanity and ways of doing things on occasion as well