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Zebulun, from the Hebrew word meaning dwelling, or habitation, was the sixth and youngest son of Leah (Genesis 30:20), the tenth overall of the Children of Jacob. The descendants of Zebulun formed the Israelite tribe of Zebulun (see The Tribes Of Israel), whose allotted territory was in Galilee between The Mediterranean Sea and The Sea Of Galilee.

Jesus Christ lived in and around the territory of Zebulun for a time, fulfilling a Prophecy made centuries earlier: "Now when He heard that John [see John The Baptist] had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth He went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles - the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." (Matthew 4:12-16 RSV)

Tribes of Israel

The birth of Zebulun:

"Then Leah said, "God has endowed me with a good dowry; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons"; so she called his name Zebulun." (Genesis 30:20 RSV)

Zebulun's full brothers and sister:

"The sons of Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi [see Levites], Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun." (Genesis 35:23) (see also Dinah)

The order of camp during the Wilderness Journey (see also The Tabernacle In The Wilderness):

"The Lord [see Rock Of Ages] said to Moses and Aaron, "The people of Israel shall encamp each by his own standard, with the ensigns of their fathers' houses; they shall encamp facing the tent of meeting on every side."

"Those to encamp on the east side toward the sunrise shall be of the standard of the camp of Judah by their companies, the leader of the people of Judah being Nahshon the son of Amminadab, his host as numbered being seventy-four thousand six hundred. Those to encamp next to him shall be the tribe of Issachar, the leader of the people of Issachar being Nethanel the son of Zuar, his host as numbered being fifty-four thousand four hundred. Then the tribe of Zebulun, the leader of the people of Zebulun being Eliab the son of Helon, his host as numbered being fifty-seven thousand four hundred." (Numbers 2:1-8 RSV)

The tribal allotment for Zebulun after the Israelites had entered The Promised Land under Joshua:

"The third lot came up for the tribe of Zebulun, according to its families. And the territory of its inheritance reached as far as Sarid; then its boundary goes up westward, and on to Mareal, and touches Dabbesheth, then the brook which is east of Jokneam; from Sarid it goes in the other direction eastward toward the sunrise to the boundary of Chislothtabor; thence it goes to Daberath, then up to Japhia; from there it passes along on the east toward the sunrise to Gathhepher, to Ethkazin, and going on to Rimmon it bends toward Neah; then on the north the boundary turns about to Hannathon, and it ends at the valley of Iphtahel; and Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem - twelve cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of Zebulun, according to its families - these cities with their villages." (Joshua 19:10-16 RSV)

During the time of The Judges:

"After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years. Then Elon the Zebulunite died, and was buried at Aijalon in the land of Zebulun." (Judges 12:11-12 RSV)

Supporters of King David:

"Of Zebulun fifty thousand seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of purpose." (1 Chronicles 12:33 RSV)

In the future Jerusalem:

"These shall be the exits of the city:

On the north side, which is to be four thousand five hundred cubits by measure, three gates, the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah, and the gate of Levi, the gates of the city being named after the tribes of Israel."

"On the east side, which is to be four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates, the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin, and the gate of Dan."

"On the south side, which is to be four thousand five hundred cubits by measure, three gates, the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar, and the gate of Zebulun.

On the west side, which is to be four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates, the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher, and the gate of Naphtali.

The circumference of the city shall be eighteen thousand cubits. And the name of the city henceforth shall be, The Lord is there." (Ezekiel 48:30-35 RSV)

Fact Finder: Will 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun be among the 144,000?
Revelation 7:8

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