What Happened to Dan? Ephraim?

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  1. richard n koustas

    richard n koustas
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    Why are they not a part of the 144,000? Joseph and Mannesseh are included...


    And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:

    5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
    6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
    7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
    8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
    of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
     
  2. Paul of Eugene

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    In the book of Judges, the tribe of Dan is portrayed as committing a pretty heinous set of deeds, engaging in idolatry, settling not in the land allocated for them, instead taking over a city that was not on the original agenda for conquest. Perhaps Dan was dropped because of that evil connotation for the tribe.

    Gotta have twelve - Joseph and Manasseh are mentioned. Maybe it wasn't Ephraim and Manasseh because Ephraim is also condemned a lot in the prophets. Of course, of the descendents of Joseph that aren't Manasseh, the rest are Ephraim, so go figure.
     

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