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Genealogy

Did Israel Always Have Twelve Tribes?

The Bible presents Israel as having twelve tribes from both northern Israel and southern Judah. In older northern lists, however, the southern tribes do not appear, and the full list seems to have developed in Judah, after the destruction of Israel. Moreover, the idea that the tribes are descended from Jacob developed even later.

Dr.

Andrew Tobolowsky

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Manasseh’s Genealogies: Why They Change Between Numbers, Joshua, and Chronicles

The genealogy of the tribe of Manasseh appears in Numbers 26 and again in Joshua 17 with slight differences. It appears a third time, in 1 Chronicles 7, wholly reconceived. This highlights how certain biblical genealogies represent tribal kinship patterns that shift over time.

Prof.

Aaron Demsky

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How All Kohanim Became “Sons of Aaron”

The Bible knows about many priestly families, including the Levites, the Mushites (descendants of Moses), and the Zadokites. By the time of Ezra and Chronicles, however, only Aaronide priests were legitimate, and other families either merged with them or were demoted.

Prof.

Mark Leuchter

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Israel’s History as a Family Narrative

Behind the story of Jacob’s struggle with his older twin Esau, stands a political allegory, reflecting how Israel (=Jacob) first dominated Edom (=Esau) in the 10th-9th centuries and then lost control over it in the late 8th century.

Prof.

Marvin A. Sweeney

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What Do Genealogies Teach Us About Torah?

Project TABS Editors

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What Was Caleb the Kenizzite's Connection to Hebron?

Did Caleb receive the Negev or Hebron? Is he a Judahite, a Calebite or a Kenizzite? The redacted account of Caleb in the Bible reflects the developing realities of southern Judah in the First and Second Temple periods.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Dr.

Jacob L. Wright

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Who Was Rebekah's Father?

“I am the daughter of Betuel the son of Milkah, whom she bore to Nahor” (Gen 24:24) – Why the unusual and cumbersome genealogical description?[1]

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Decoding the Table of Nations: Reading it as a Map

Key: Where was the author of the Table of Nations (Genesis 10) located?

Dr.

David Ben-Gad HaCohen

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Reading Biblical Genealogies

Including a close look at how the description of the Canaanite lineage was constructed (Gen 10:15-18)

Prof.

Aaron Demsky

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Moses, Aaron, and Miriam: Were They Siblings?

The (In)Significance of Biology and Heredity

Dr. Hacham

Isaac S. D. Sassoon

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Moses' Father-in-Law: Kenite or Midianite?

Cementing political alliances in the Ancient Near East through common genealogy.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Motivating the Leadership of Israel – Plan B

Rabbi

Yoseif Bloch

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Jacob's Descendants who Go to Egypt: The MT Versus the LXX

A close look at the different references to Jacob’s descendants, and their number in both the MT and the LXX shows how the tradition of Jacob’s descendants developed over time.

Dr.

Itamar Kislev

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How Many Years Were the Israelites in Egypt?

Divergent Biblical Perspectives: Exodus 12:40 declares that the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years. Other biblical contexts suggest a much shorter sojourn in Egypt.

Dr.

David Glatt-Gilad

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