Tribe of Menasheh

related topics
{land, century, early}
{god, call, give}
{area, part, region}
{theory, work, human}
{group, member, jewish}
{law, state, case}
{style, bgcolor, rowspan}
{language, word, form}

According to the Hebrew Bible, the Tribe of Manasseh (Hebrew: מְנַשֶּׁה, Modern Menashe Tiberian Mənaššé ; "who makes to forget") was one of the Tribes of Israel. Together with the Tribe of Ephraim, Manasseh also formed the House of Joseph.

From after the conquest of the land by Joshua until the formation of the first Kingdom of Israel in c. 1050 BC, the Tribe of Manasseh was a part of a loose confederation of Israelite tribes. No central government existed, and in times of crisis the people were led by ad hoc leaders known as Judges. (see the Book of Judges) With the growth of the threat from Philistine incursions, the Israelite tribes decided to form a strong centralised monarchy to meet the challenge, and the Tribe of Manasseh joined the new kingdom with Saul as the first king. After the death of Saul, all the tribes other than Judah remained loyal to the House of Saul, but after the death of Ish-bosheth, Saul's son and successor to the throne of Israel, the Tribe of Manasseh joined the other northern Israelite tribes in making David, who was then the king of Judah, king of a re-united Kingdom of Israel. However, on the accession of Rehoboam, David's grandson, in c. 930 BC the northern tribes split from the House of David to reform a Kingdom of Israel as the Northern Kingdom. Manasseh was a member of the kingdom until the kingdom was conquered by Assyria in c. 723 BC and the population deported.

From that time, the Tribe of Manasseh has been counted as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, though some groups claim descent from the tribe.

Contents

Tribal territory

Following the completion of the conquest of Canaan by the Israelite tribes after about 1200 BCE[1], Joshua allocated the land among the twelve tribes. At its height, the territory it occupied spanned the Jordan River, forming two "half-tribes", one on each side; the eastern half-tribe was almost entirely discontinuous with the western half-tribe, only slightly touching at one corner - the south west of the eastern half-tribe and north east of the western half-tribe.

Full article ▸

related documents
Perga
Samandar (city)
Abydos, Hellespont
Barbagia
Bethio
Arvidsjaur Municipality
Etten-Leur
Belišće
Vineta
Nieuw-Lekkerland
Warner's Grant, Vermont
Finspång Municipality
Bartolomé de las Casas
Borne, Overijssel
Gerrha
Boxholm Municipality
Ialonus Contrebis
Haut-Rhin
Sepharvaim
Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein
Marpessa
Ériu
Cú Roí
Spijkenisse
Joseph Billings
Terneuzen
Worstead
Fidenae
Sint-Michielsgestel
Basil Valentine