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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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  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.

  4. Ayn Ayn

    12 Tribes of Israel

    Mnemonic device a friend taught me when I was in college.




    Joseph-(Ephraim and Manasseh)

  5. Ayn Ayn

    Please add the “S”

    Sorry —I left that one out

  6. Chika Chika

    I meant to understand that after the reign of Solomon the 12 tribes are divided into two.The tribe of Judah and the tribe of Israel. And under the tribe of Judah base on what I read from the website. Judah, Levi and Benjamin made up the tribe of Judah. Why did the other sons of Leah Reuben, Simeon,Issachar and Zebulun not join their brother Judah as a tribe?

    • The Lord did not want the Israelites to worship foreign gods, so he had warned them not to marry anyone who was not from Israel. Solomon loved his wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt. But he also loved some women from Moab, Ammon, and Edom, and others from Sidon and the land of the Hittites.

      Seven hundred of his wives were daughters of kings, but he also married three hundred other women. As Solomon got older, some of his wives led him to worship their gods. He wasn’t like his father David, who had worshiped only the Lord God. Solomon also worshiped Astarte the goddess of Sidon, and Milcom the disgusting god of Ammon.

      Solomon built shrines on a hill east of Jerusalem to worship Chemosh the disgusting god of Moab, and Molech the disgusting god of Ammon. The Lord God of Israel had appeared to Solomon two times and warned him not to worship foreign gods. But Solomon disobeyed and did it anyway. This made the Lord very angry. The Lord said to Solomon: You did what you wanted and not what I told you to do.

      Now I’m going to take your kingdom from you and give it to one of your officials. But because David was your father, you will remain king as long as you live. I will wait until your son becomes king, then I will take the kingdom from him. When I do, I will still let him rule one tribe, because I have not forgotten that David was my servant and Jerusalem is my city (the above from 1 Kings 11 CEV). The Lord stirs up enemies for Solomon.

      Hadad was from the royal family of Edom, and the Lord made him Solomon’s enemy: God made Rezon son of Eliada an enemy of Solomon: Jeroboam was from the town of Zeredah in Ephraim. His father Nebat had died, but his mother Zeruah was still alive. Jeroboam was one of Solomon’s officials, but even he rebelled against Solomon. One day when Jeroboam was leaving Jerusalem, he met Ahijah, a prophet from Shiloh.

      Suddenly, Ahijah took off his new coat and ripped it into twelve pieces. Then he said: Jeroboam, take ten pieces of this coat and listen to what the Lord God of Israel says to you. “Jeroboam, I am the Lord God, and I am about to take Solomon’s kingdom from him and give you ten tribes to rule. Then you can read 1 Kings chapter 12 to learn how the split officially became established.

      On a side note Chika, The reason why Benjamin and Levi came back and not the remaining brothers of Judah, is because (and these are my thoughts, not the scriptures) Benjamin was the original royal line beginning with king Saul. When the sceptre was transferred to the house of David, the house of Benjamin helped transfer it through Saul’s general Abner. This officiated the move and in addition, the house of David took care of all the royal seed and family of benjamin.

      They remained together for a long time. The Levites returned to the house of David because Jeroboam made structural changes to the priesthood (1 Kings 12:25-33), which was to be for the house of Aaron and Levi forever. Therefore the Levites came back. Also the Lord said the sceptre and lawgiver will not leave Judah; the sceptre is Judah, the lawgiver is Levi (Gen 49:10). I pray this edifies you some in Jesus name.

      Brother Nehemiah
      Elder Ishe

  7. Umoh Offiong Umoh Offiong

    Pls tell me about gentiles

    • Grace to you Umoh. The Gentils are the nations outside of the families of Jacob. In plain, it engulf those who are not part of the 12 tribes of Israel! Recently, it is also suggested to be the sons of Japheth. You can view this video to learn why that is a consideration or suggestion.

      Salud in the name of the Lord

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