A Tribe
Any related group of people, larger than a clan.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tribe The English term “tribe” derives originally from Lat tribus, literally a “third part” of the Roman people, namely, any one of the three ethnic divisions of the early Roman state. Later the term applied to any of the thirty-five local tribes into which all Roman citizens were organized for administrative
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
tribes, territorial groups and primary organizational units in Israel’s social structure before the establishment of the monarchy (before the late eleventh century bce). The tribes can be viewed as distributive parts of one larger entity, Israel, whose identity is traced to an eponymous ancestor, Jacob
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
TRIBE. The normal unit of social organization among the Semitic nomads and seminomads. The staff was symbolic of the leader’s authority. Thus the two Heb. words for rod regularly denote a tribe (maṭṭēh, “staff, rod”; shēbeṭ, “rod, scepter”). The Gr. word in the NT is phylē (e.g., Lk 2:36; Heb 7:13).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
TribeThroughout Bible times, from the Hebrew patriarchs (Gen. 49:28) to the early Christian apostles (Phil. 3:5), to belong to a tribe meant being a part of a named group whose members were obliged to cooperate for a variety of practical and ideological purposes and who, in turn, enjoyed certain rights
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Tribe (Heb. šēḇeṭ, maṭṭeh).† The primary subdivision of Israelite society in the premonarchic period, regarded as the descendants of a common eponymous ancestor, Jacob/Israel (cf. Gen. 35:10–11), and his sons or grandsons (cf. Josh. 19:47). The Israelite tribes were autonomous (cf. the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Tribea collection of families descending from one ancestor. The “twelve tribes” of the Hebrews were the twelve collections of families which sprang from the sons of Jacob. In Matt. 24:30 the word has a wider significance. The tribes of Israel are referred to as types of the spiritual family of God (Rev.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
TRIBE — a social group composed of many clans and families, together with their dependents, outside the ties of blood kinship, who had become associated with the group through covenant, marriage, adoption, or slavery. The nation of ancient Israel, especially at the time of the events recorded in the
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
TRIBE<trib> (in the Old Testament always for מַטֶּה‎ [matteh], 183 times, or שֵׁבֶט‎ [shebhet], 145 times, also spelled שֶׁבֶט‎ [shebhet]; Aramaic שְׁבַט‎ [shebhat] (Ezr 6:17)): Both words mean “staff,” and perhaps “company led by chief with staff” (OHL, 641) is the origin of the meaning “tribe.”
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
Vandals. A Germanic tribe that rose to prominence in the fourth century in the West, the Vandals embraced an *Arian form of Christianity. In the early fifth century, they moved through Gaul (France) and into Spanish lands, ultimately conquering Carthage in Northern Africa and making it their capital.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
TRIBE (φυλή) is used mostly in the special OT sense of an Israelitish tribe, composed of the descendants of one of the sons of Jacob. The prophetess Anna belonged to the tribe of Asher (Lk 2:36). The Messianic claims of Jesus were strengthened by the fact that He sprang from the royal tribe of Judah
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
tribe. A large social group composed of families and clans. In the Bible it is applied specifically to the fundamental divisions of the people of Israel. The Hebrew terms for “tribe” are maṭṭeh H4751 and šēbeṭ H8657, both of which mean “staff, rod, scepter,” but are applied to people groups under