The Border of Issachar

According to Joshua 17:11, the borders of Issachar included Beth-Shan, En-dor, Taanach, and Megiddo. The border is not stated in any explicit terms, but can be inferred from the territory list of Josh 19:18-22. The fact the border was “at Jezreel” border shows Naphtali extended as far south as there (Zebulun was too limited). The westernmost part was therefore probably as far as Jokneam, the easternmost at the Jordan, the northernmost at Tabor and Tell Ubeidiya, and the southernmost at Rabbith, modern Raba, and Ibleam, at  32°26’45″N,  35°17’30″E. Issachar was, therefore, a fairly sizable tribe, dominating major parts of the Jezreel and Beth-Shean valleys, its key status being only compromised by the influence of Manasseh.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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