“All These Are the Twelve Tribes of Israel”

  title={“All These Are the Twelve Tribes of Israel”},
  author={Kristin Weingart},
  journal={Near Eastern Archaeology},
  pages={24 - 31}
The Hebrew Bible presents Israel as a community of twelve tribes descending from one common ancestor. As an elementary social construction, this notion functions as the basic code for Israel’s collective identity. In this article, the author investigates the nature and the origins of the Israelite tribal system. It is readily apparent that the construct of the twelve tribes does not match the social reality or the shape of any given political entity in any period within the history of Israel… Expand
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