The lost tribes of Israel?”……There are many mysteries, legends, and traditions as to what happened to the 10 lost tribes of the Northern Kingdom. The truth is that the tribes were never lost. Most of the people of the Northern Kingdom were deported to ancient Assyria (2 Kings 17:6). Many of those who remained in […]

The tribe of Dan……The tribe of Dan was the group of people who descended from the fifth son of Jacob, Dan. Jacob went on to have twelve sons who became the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel. The history of the tribe of Dan is especially instructive to us in that it contains multiple […]

“What should we learn from the tribe of Asher?”……Asher is one of Israel's twelve tribes. In the time of Moses, Asher was divided into five clans: the Imnites; the Ishvites; and the Berites; and, through Beriah, the Berite patriarch, two more clans: the Heberites and the Malkielites. The first three clans were named after Asher's […]

The twelve tribes of Israel……The Bible lists the twelve tribes of Israel in several locations: (Genesis 35:23-26Exodus 1:2-5Numbers 1:20-431 Chronicles 2:2Revelation 7:5-8). It is interesting that there are slight differences in some places. The 12 sons of Israel (Jacob) were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher and Joseph. These were […]

“What should we learn from the tribe of Manasseh?”……Israel's 12 tribes were named for Jacob's children or, in the case of Manasseh (and Ephraim), his grandchildren. After Jacob wrestled with Him all night, God renamed Jacob "Israel," which means "you have struggled with God and men and have overcome" (Genesis 32:22-30). The name Israel represents […]

The tribe of Joseph……Technically, there is no tribe of Joseph. Instead, Joseph received a "double blessing" and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, each became their own tribe (Genesis 48; Joshua 14:4Ezekiel 47:13). The Bible does, on occasion, refer to a "tribe of Joseph" (Numbers 13:1136:5Revelation 7:8). However, in the contexts, the "tribe of Joseph" […]

The tribe of Judah?”……Each of the twelve sons of Israel received a blessing from their father, Jacob, just before his death. The twelve sons were the progenitors of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the blessing contained prophetic information about the future of each tribe. In the case of the tribe of Judah, Jacob prophesied: […]