Where Is The Tribe of Joseph?

Perhaps this is old news to some, but I was reading about the allotment of land amongst the twelve tribes – all of which I thought were named after the sons of Jacob.  But guess what?  Two of the tribes are NOT named after his sons.  I don’t think I ever noticed that before.

In Genesis 35:23-26, we find the names of Jacob’s sons – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher – twelve in all.

Beginning in Joshua 13 and ending in Joshua 19, we find the distribution of land to these twelve tribes – Reuben, Gad, Judah, Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Dan – again, twelve in all.

We know that the Levites were not given an inheritance of land as priests (Joshua 13:14).  But the one tribe you never hear about is the tribe of Joseph – who was Jacob’s favorite son.  Why is there no tribe of Joseph?  See this:

“Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel allotted to them.  Their inheritances were assigned by lot to the nine-and-a-half tribes, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.  Moses had granted the two-and-a-half tribes their inheritance east of the Jordan but had not granted the Levites an inheritance among the rest, for the sons of Joseph had become two tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. The Levites received no share of the land but only towns to live in, with pasturelands for their flocks and herds.  So the Israelites divided the land, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.”Joshua 14:1-5

It has gone unnoticed by me that the tribe of Joseph is curiously missing (except for a reference in Joshua 17:14).  In its place, two tribes were created and were named after Joseph’s first two sons.  With the removal of Levi and Joseph as tribe names, and the addition of Ephraim and Manasseh, the number of tribes is back to twelve.

Thus, ten tribes of Israel are named after Jacob’s sons and two are named after his grandsons!


9 Responses to “Where Is The Tribe of Joseph?”

  1. 1 Logic
    August 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    The Tribe of Joseph was both of his sons at first. Ephraim and Manasseh made up the Tribe of Joseph, because Dan had not yey fell away into idol worship, and Ephraim had not yet rebelled against Judah, but over time things changed. Dan fell away into idol worship. The danites became steeped into it. Thus they are not sealed in Revelation 7 amongst the 144,000. Manasseh takes its places as it’s own independent tribe. Remember Ephraim is the head Tribe of the Northern Kingdom. Ephraim represents Joseph’s inheritance as a single Tribe because the Kingdom of Israel was split between Jacob 2 sons Joseph and Judah. Eohraim is not mentioned by name in Revelation because it lead the Northern Kingdom of Israel into rebellion and apostasy with each king they had; they rebelled against Judah. Thus, Ephraim is not mentioned as a tribe. Joseph, it’s proper name represents the prestige and promenience of the Tribe’s first born right. Ephraim didn’t represent Joseph well at all. Manaseh though the oldest sons was not spritually greater than Ephraim. Ephraim was the leader of the Northern Kingdom not Manasseh.

  2. 2 an Israelite
    September 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

    The tribe of Joseph today are the majority of the Pashtun of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The even retain their ancestral name of Yusafzai or the children of Joseph, and Afridi from Ephraim. When Assyrians took over the Northern Kingdom they transported the tribes to the Eastern portions of their empire. The book of Kings of the Bible clearly mentions that the children of Israel from the 10 northern tribes were taken and settled in the cities of Hara, Hala, Hawor, and by the banks of river Gozan, where they are there till this day. Hara is the ancient name of the city of Herat, hala is Balkh, Hawor is Peshawar, and Gozan is the Amu river, and which all consistute the country of afghanistan today. It is also interesting to note that a portion of the Israelites managed to escape the Assyrians and became known latter as the Scythians. The Scythians first migrated northwards and then south and settled where it is Afghanistan today. In fact one of the ancient names of Afghanistan is Sakastan named after the sakas or scythians. Amongst those related to the Scyths ( whose names resembles Isaac – who probably refered themselves as children of Isaac), were the Massagates ( doesnt it sound Manessah? Massagate comes from two words “Massa” the name of the tribe and “gate” which in old iranian and in pashtu till this day means “great”) and Hepthalithes ( does nt it sound like Naphthali?) and who form the Pashtuns today. In fact pashtu the language of Pashtuns is a living descendent of the old scythian.

    It is interesting to note that the Bible mentions that it will be the tribe of Joseph and those with them of the Israelite tribes that will hold the stick of God, and who will in turn bring in their fold the dead stick of the tribe of Judah and thus make the true return. The tribe of Judah will follow what the tribe of Joseph will have. Just have a look and see what is there in the tribe of joseph? They have followed the true religion of God, Islam and have became Muslims, following Allah’s Final Apostle Muhammad, whom the Book of Deuteronomy mentions as the Prophet who will be like Moses, and who will shine forth from Paran in the best of glories to God, The book of Isaiah clearly identifies him as the Arabian Prophet who will be for all mankind. God is all merciful and just, and the sufficient is there in the proof of Prophet Muhammad’s true prophethood is the success God has given him, where till this day no other person but him is mentioned on earth at any given moment with the Adhan or call of prayer, as Isaiah mentions.

    • 3 irishpittbull007
      March 6, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Sorry dude but Where is Muhammad mentioned in the book of Isaiah?! That’s JESUS that is Clearly mentioned as the prophet for all mankind! Muhammad’s name is never mentioned in the book or the bible! GOS says that many “FaulseProphets” will come! Muhammad is not the Sucess of GOD! THROUGH JESUS will we be able to enter Heaven! Which means….that EVEN IF you believe in GOD but NOT JESUS you WILL NOT INHERIT The Kingdom of GOD! It’s the only way! You can love GOD ALL YOU WANT TOO….but if you reject JESUS…you WILL NOT PASS!

      • 4 irishpittbull007
        March 6, 2014 at 11:46 pm

        GOD also says…”This is the way you know if a spirit is sent by ME(GOD) …if the claim JESUS CHRIST as the Messiah then they are of ME..if they do NOT…the they are of the great deceiver the devil”!

    • 5 Efriam
      June 17, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      I know you would like to believe what you just wrote but deep in your heart you know very well that there are no Arabic Prophets.
      They are all children of Jacob, yes all children and Jacob including Jesus. You may really want to read the Torah as well as the New Testement Bible because they booth show Israelite propeths. Also the Koran does not address the diety of Jesus. And the Afgans are related to the Huns not the ten northern tribes of Jacob plus Pakistan is Indian ethnically if you check your facts out. My friend you are believing a lie and being deceived by the ebbing one. I am afraid that is going to land you into the pits of hell.
      I will pray for you but I fear that you may be lost. At least check your facts-the truth will set you free.

  3. 6 irishpittbull007
    March 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Ephriam & Manasseh were Joseph’s sons…that got the land named after them. And it is referred to again in Ezekiel 47:13

  4. 7 Melissa Day
    October 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    According to Genesis 48:1-7 Jacob adopted Ephraim and Manasseh, the first 2 sons of Joseph (I personally believe they were twins)

  5. 8 Cindy
    December 15, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Did you ever find out anything new on the change of Tribe names?
    If not: Joseph was not removed from the Tribe names. Because Joseph fed his family during the times of famine, he was blessed with his Tribe becoming 2 instead of just one. His son Joseph had 2 sons; Jacob adopted his two sons and gave Joseph two tribes. Ephraim and Manasseh. Which are on your map. So the Tribes are still called the Tribe of Joseph, but each received their own land inheritance. Isn’t that awesome?! God is good. Praise the Lord.

  6. 9 Alice
    January 10, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Read the Book of Mormon there you will find the tribe of Joseph.

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