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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 48. Israel in Twelve Tribes: Ideal or Real?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44896


To what extent does the fact that the twelve tribes of Israel are so important to many biblical writers prove that these tribes were actually important in the early history of Israel? The various tribal lists paint a complex picture of early Israelite realities that were highly relevant after the fall of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.

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