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Tribes of Israel
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Israel (iz´ray-uhl; Heb., “may God contend” or possibly “may God rule”).1 The name given by God to Jacob, an ancestor of the people who would thereafter be known as the Israelites. In Gen. 32:28 Jacob is given the name “Israel” after a struggle with a divine being on the bank of the Jabbok (the name
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Tribes of Israel
TRIBES OF ISRAEL. When the Israelites entered Canaan they entered as twelve tribes, and portions of the land were assigned to each of the twelve (cf. Jos. 13:1ff.). These twelve tribes were descended from the twelve sons of Jacob who had gathered themselves about their father and heard his prophecies
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Tribes of Israel
TRIBES OF ISRAEL The largest family units of the nation of Israel. Each of the tribes traced its ancestry back to one of the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel). The twelve sons were, according to the order of their birth: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Israel, Twelve Tribes
Israel, Twelve TribesAt its birth the Christian church had a lively sense of continuity with the historical Israel, as is clear from canonical books that relate to both the beginning of the NT period (the Gospels and the letters of Paul; see DJG, Israel; DPL, Israel) and its end (Revelation); this was
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Tribes, the
Tribes, Thetribes, the, territorial groups and primary social organizational units in Israel’s social structure before the establishment of the monarchy (pre-late eleventh century b.c.). The tribes can be viewed as distributive parts of one larger entity, Israel, whose identity is traced to an eponymous
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Ten Lost Tribes of Israel
Ten Lost Tribes of Israel10 of the original 12 Hebrew tribes that entered Canaan, the biblical Promised Land; separated from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in 930 bc and formed northern independent Kingdom of Israel; conquered by Assyrians 721 bc and assimilated by other peoples, thus being lost to
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Tribes of Israel
TRIBES OF ISRAEL Social and political groups in Israel claiming descent from one of the 12 sons of Jacob.Tribal Unit The tribal unit played an important role in the history of the formation of the nation of Israel. In ancient times a nation was referred to as “a people,” an am; in Israel’s case it was
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books
Tribes of Israel and Land Allotments/Borders
TRIBES OF ISRAEL AND LAND ALLOTMENTS/BORDERSThe definition of the tribes of *Israel is an anthropological question that concerns the biblical concept of tribe and the groups that are so designated as part of Israel. Land allotments/borders considers three areas of concern: (1) the covenant nature of