Bible Term: Tribe

The descendants of Jacob, which later became the nation of Israel, was divided into tribes.

Abraham’s grandson, Jacob (later called Israel) had twelve sons. As the result of deception and competition, they were born to four different women (Jacob’s two wives and their respective maidservants). The descendants of these twelve men would later become known as the twelve tribes of Israel or the nation of Israel.

The sons of Jacob’s first wife, Leah, were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.

The sons of Jacob’s second wife, Rachel, were Joseph and Benjamin.

The sons of Rachel’s maidservant, Bilhah, were Dan and Naphtali.

The sons of Leah’s maidservant, Zilpah, were Gad and Asher.

Later, when the nation of Israel was divided, the tribes of Judah and Benjamin split off, perpetuating the royal line of king David; they were known as the nation of Judah. This is covered in Second Chronicles as well as First and Second Kings.

Free Bible Reading Tip Sheet!

Bogged down reading the Bible?

Good news: there's hope! Reading the Bible can be a meaningful experience. Check out 10 Tips to Turn Bible Reading from Drudgery to Delight

Let me know your email address. Then I'll email you my free Bible reading guide and add you to my mailing list. (Unsubscribe at any time.)

Get 10 Tips to Turn Bible Reading from Drudgery to Delight today!
(No worries. I won't spam you. Unsubscribe at any time.) Powered by ConvertKit