555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

107. Where Was the Twelfth Tribe at the Time of the Jewish Kings?




Rehoboam reigned over one and Jeroboam over ten. (I Kings n 131-35,12:21.) The tribe of Levi was not counted because it had no land possessions (Num. 18*20-24), except cities for dwellings, with their outlying fields for pasturage (Num. 35:1-8). The tribe of Joseph was divided into two parts, Ephraim and Manasseh, which are usually spoken of as two distinct tribes. But in this division Joseph seems to have been counted as but one tribe, making Jeroboam's ten. Although Rehoboam at first retained only Judah, most of the tribe of Benjamin soon joined his kingdom. Simeon and Dan also became part of the kingdom of Judah.