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Names of the 12 Tribes of Israel

Names of the 12 Tribes of Israel
The Tribes of Israel

Need to Know the Names of the 12 Tribes of Israel

If you are wondering about the 12 tribes of Israel are, and what are the names of the 12 tribes of Israel; I have them listed below.  Jacob, who was adopted by God and given God’s name (Israel), had twelve sons and one daughter.

It is often a mistake to think Israel is the original name of this family. Israel is God’s name and that is why throughout scripture, the God of Israel reiterates that they are called by His name.

So below are the names of the 12 tribes of Israel!

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Names of the 12 Tribes of Israel

  1. Reuben
  2. Simeon
  3. Levi
  4. Judah
  5. Dan
  6. Naphtali
  7. Gad
  8. Issachar
  9. Asher
  10. Zebulan
  11. Joseph (Ephraim & Manasseh)
  12. And Benjamin

There are the 12 sons and Di’nah is the 13th child, the only daughter.

We have the 12 Tribes of Israel… but today they are more commonly known as Jews even though they come from ONE family. Do you have any idea why they more popularly known as Jews? It is because the 12 tribes split as a nation. But why?

You can find out in the link below!

Why Did Israel Split into Two Kingdoms?

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Why Did Israel Split into Two Kingdoms?

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  1. Clan of Levites Clan of Levites

    No, the 12 tribes of Isreal was named after Jacob who the lord changed his name to Isreal. Gen 35:10, “And God said unto him, thy name is Jacob : thy name shall not be called anymore Jacob, but Isreal shall be thy name: and he called his name Isreal”. God is known as “The Most High”. ~ Shalom

    • Definitely appreciate your comment although I’m sure we are saying the same thing. God was known as the Most High, but when the Most High changed Jacob’s name to Israel, the Most High gave Jacob and Jacob’s seed His name. Look at 2 Kings 17:34
      “…they fear not the Lord, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the Lord commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;”

      Then compare that with 2 Chronicles 7:14
      If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, …

      Therefore, Israel is the Most High’s name… at least one of them and the one the Most High gave Jacob! Thanks brother, Shalom.

  2. Lenny Farmer Lenny Farmer

    What is the purpose of the two tribes attributed to Joseph?

    • Hey brother Lenny, the purpose of the two tribes attributed to Joseph is the first born blessings he receives as the first born! Reuben was the first born, but sinned and the blessings were passed to Joseph. God bless you brother.

  3. Michael Smith Michael Smith

    Where do the Gentiles fit into the 12 Tribes. I’ve heard that they have ties to Ephraim & Manasseh?

    • Hey brother Michael, the Gentiles are not actually part of the 12 tribes of Israel. The Gentiles are the sons of Japheth, son of Noah. View posts for clarity. Praise God for you in Jesus name, and thank you for your question.

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