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Twelve tribes of Israel

The 12 tribes of Israel

Sebulon (also Zebulon, Hebrew זְבוּלוּן) is the tenth son of Jacob in the Bible (cf. Gen 35.23  EU ). His mother was Lea , Jacob's first wife. He was the youngest of their six sons, while his other half-brothers had other mothers (cf. Gen 29.31  EU - 30.24).

The tribe of Zebulun

One of the twelve tribes of the Hebrews named themselves after him in the early days of the Jewish people, who traced their origins back to the patriarchs . According to the statement “they will gain the riches of the sea” in the blessings of Moses ( Deut. 33.19  EU ), it could be assumed that the tribe would have settled on the coast, which is not in accordance with the description of the tribal area in the Book of Joshua is to bring (cf. Jos 19,10–16  EU ). In the Book of Judges states that Zebulun under alleged land acquisition would not have taken the places of Kitron and Nahalol, but the Canaanites merely forced labor had been made.

With the conquest of the northern kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians in 733 BC Chr. Also went under Zebulun. However, the tribal area remained familiar until the New Testament period , so that the Evangelist Matthew could also use it as an indication of the location. For the evangelist, the work of Jesus in this landscape fulfills the prophetic announcement in Isa 8,23–9,1  EU (“the people who walk in the dark see a great light”).

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