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Sunday, August 11 2019

A Bible Journey, 204: The Only Tribe On Both Sides

The Asian and African Origins of "Israel"

The Israelite patriarch Manasseh was unique among the tribes of Israel for a number of reasons. While all of the other tribal patriarchs, except Benjamin (see The Rachel Prophecies), were born in Syria of Iraqi-Syrian Asian mothers (see The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Leah and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Rachel and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Bilhah and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Zilpah), Manasseh and his brother Ephraim were born in Egypt by an Egyptian African mother (see The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Asenath).

Egyptian Woman

As indicated on the map below, the tribe of Manasseh was further unique in that their tribal territory was the only one that existed on both sides of the Jordan River - although the division was based upon separated clans of Manasseh (some clans east of the Jordan, some clans west of the Jordan), not merely a haphazard division of the tribe. While the tribe as a whole was divided, the families of the tribe remained together.

"17:1 There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan. 17:2 There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.

17:3 But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters: and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 17:4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD [Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name] commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father. 17:5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan; 17:6 Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead." (Joshua 17:1-6 KJV)

Tribal Map
So it was that the people of Manasseh acquired their lands west of the Jordan River. After the division of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah," Manasseh was one of the ten tribes of the Kingdom of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below).

"17:7 And the coast of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethah, that lieth before Shechem; and the border went along on the right hand unto the inhabitants of Entappuah. 17:8 Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim; 17:9 And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the sea: 17:10 Southward it was Ephraim's, and northward it was Manasseh's, and the sea is his border; and they met together in Asher on the north, and in Issachar on the east.

17:11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Bethshean and her towns, and Ibleam and her towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Endor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, even three countries.

17:12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land. 17:13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out. [see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?]

17:14 And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD hath blessed me hitherto?

17:15 And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.

17:16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.

17:17 And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only: 17:18 But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong." (Joshua 17:7-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Were both east and west Manasseh taken away by the Assyrians among "the lost ten tribes" of Israel? Which side went into captivity first? Why?
See Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes


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This Day In History

This Day In History, August 11

117: The accession of Hadrian, the 14th Roman emperor (see The Roman Empire and The Roman Republic; see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus). Hadrian reigned 117-138 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).



355: Claudius Silvanus proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Emperor Constantius II.

490: The Battle of Adda. The Goths under Theodoric the Great and his ally Alaric II defeated the army of Odoacer on the Adda River, near Milan.


991: The Danes under Olaf Tryggvason defeated the Saxons at Maldon.

1332: The Battle of Dupplin Moor during the Wars of Scottish Independence (1296-1328 and 1332-1357). Scots under the command of Domhnall II, Earl of Mar were defeated by Edward Balliol.

1675: During the Franco-Dutch War, armies of "the Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) defeated the French at the Battle of Konzer Brucke.

1712: The Treaty of Aargau was signed which ended the Swiss War and guaranteed Protestant superiority over Catholic Cantons.

1786: Francis Light established the British colony of Penang, Malaysia.

1718: The English fleet under Admiral George Byng destroyed or captured 15 out of 22 Spanish ships at the Battle of Cape Passaro off Sicily (see also Send In The Marines).

1804: Francis II became the first Emperor of Austria (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).

1858: The Eiger of the Bernese Alps was climbed for the first time.

1863: Cambodia became a French protectorate.

1898: U.S. troops seized the city of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War of 1898.

1906: In France, Eugene Lauste received the first patent for a "talking film."


1908: Britain's King Edward VII met with Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar; again, see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) to protest the growth of the German navy.

1919: After the First World War (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the constitution of the Weimar Republic was adopted in Germany.

1933: "The Assyrian Incident" - a massacre of Assyrian villagers (315 men, 4 women, 6 children) by Iraqi government forces.

1934: The first civilian prisoners arrived at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island, California. The incarceration rate in the USA today is the highest in the world. With only 5% of the world's population, nearly 25% of the world's prisoners are in US jails and penitentiaries.

1942: A German submarine sank the British Navy's HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.

1952: King Hussein of Jordan succeeded to the throne after his father, King Ala, was deposed. He reigned for 47 years, until his death in 1999 (see also Jordan's West Bank Invasion).

1962: The Russian Vostok 3 was launched. During the flight, Cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev became the first human to float in low gravity.
Russia achieved many other firsts in space exploration that are deliberately-ignored and uncredited in the West e.g. Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space in 1961 (Alan Shepard became the first U.S. astronaut in space a month later), while a female Russian Cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, was the first woman in space, in 1963, 20 years before Sally Ride of the U.S.

"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)


1965: Major race riots (known as "the Watts Riots") began in the Watts area of the city of Los Angeles, California.

1972: The last U.S. military forces withdrew from Vietnam. Soon thereafter, North Vietnam over-ran South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam civil war between north and south, thereby creating a single country free of foreign interference for the first time since colonial France divided Vietnam into North and South in the 1950s.



1990: West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher's Free Democrats (FDP) merged with their liberal East German allies to become the first revived all-Germany political party.

2003: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) took over command of the "peacekeeping" force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history (NATO was formed to defend western Europe from Soviet invasion).




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