The land of Israel was divided by Joshua among the 12 tribes of Israel:
“…there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions”
This page shows the areas in the north that were in each of the tribe’s region, and maps them to the sites that are featured in BibleWalks.com.
The division of the land of Israel is described in the book of Joshua (Chapter 18: 1-10). this event happened in Shiloh, and Joshua sent them to survey the land and return with their recommendations.
“And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled themselves together at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them… there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions”.
Map of Galilee Tribes:
The following map shows the boundaries of the initial distribution of the Northern part of Israel among the Tribes. The map is based on the book of Joshua. The tribe of Levy is not shown, since it was settled in certain cities among the other tribes.
The map shows the boundaries between the tribes, and selected sites within the areas of the Tribes.
Biblical References to the division of the land:
The division of the land of Israel is described in the book of Joshua (Chapter 18: 1-10). It happened in Shiloh, and Joshua sent them to survey the land and return with their recommendations.
1 “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled themselves together at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.
2 And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance.
3 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel: ‘How long are ye slack to go in to possess the land, which HaShem, the G-d of your fathers, hath given you?
4 Appoint for you three men for each tribe; and I will send them, and they shall arise, and walk through the land, and describe it according to their inheritance; and they shall come unto me.
5 And they shall divide it into seven portions: Judah shall abide in his border on the south, and the house of Joseph shall abide in their border on the north.
6 And ye shall describe the land into seven portions, and bring the description hither to me; and I will cast lots for you here before HaShem our G-d.
7 For the Levites have no portion among you, for the priesthood of HaShem is their inheritance; and Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of HaShem gave them.’
8 And the men arose, and went; and Joshua charged them that went to describe the land, saying: ‘Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come back to me, and I will cast lots for you here before HaShem in Shiloh.’
9 And the men went and passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven portions in a book, and they came to Joshua unto the camp at Shiloh.
Biblical References to the regions of each tribe:
The Biblical texts in Joshua map the regions of the tribes in the north of Israel, according to the book of Joshua. The sites already featured in BibleWalks.com are hyper-marked, and you can click on the word to get to the detailed site. We intend to feature more of the sites, so most of them will be covered.
(a) Asher : Joshua 19:24-30
This text, describing the land of the tribe of Asher, lists the cities in their area. Note that the eastern border shifted eastwards after Solomon’s pact with Hiram, on the expense of Naftali.
24 “And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families.
29 And then the coast turneth to Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and the coast turneth to Hosah; and the outgoings thereof are at the sea from the coast to Achzib:
(b) Zebulun: Joshua 19: 10:16
This text described the borders of the Tribe of Zebulun (Zevulun).
(10) And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families; and the border of their inheritance was unto Sarid.
(11) And their border went up westward, even to Maralah, and reached to Dabbesheth; and it reached to the brook that is before Jokneam.
(16) This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.
(c) Naftali: Joshua 19: 32-39
This text describes the area belonging to the tribe of Naphtali (Naftali):
32 The sixth lot came out for the children of Naphtali, even for the children of Naphtali according to their families.
33 And their border was from Heleph, from Elon-beza-anannim, and Adami-nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakkum; and the goings out thereof were at the Jordan.
34 And the border turned westward to Aznoth-tabor, and went out from thence to Hukok; and it reached to Zebulun on the south, and reached to Asher on the west, and to Judah at the Jordan toward the sunrising.
37 and Kedesh, and Edrei, and En-hazor;
38 and Iron, and Migdal-el, and Horem, and Beth-anath, and Beth-shemesh; nineteen cities with their villages.
(d) Issachar: Joshua 19: 17-23
17 The fourth lot came out for Issachar, even for the children of Issachar according to their families.
18 And their border was Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem;
19 and Hapharaim, and Shion, and Anaharath;
20 and Rabbith, and Kishion, and Ebez;
21 and Remeth, and En-gannim, and En-haddah, and Beth-pazzez;
(e) Manasseh: Joshua 11: 7-12
7 And the border of Manasseh was, beginning from Asher, Michmethath, which is before Shechem; and the border went along to the right hand, unto the inhabitants of En-tappuah.–
8 The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh; but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim.–
9 And the border went down unto the brook of Kanah, southward of the brook, by cities which belonged to Ephraim among the cities of Manasseh; but the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the brook; and the goings out thereof were at the sea:
10 southward it was Ephraim’s, and northward it was Manasseh’s, and the sea was his border; and they reached to Asher on the north, and to Issachar on the east.
11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth-shean and its towns, and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, even the three regions.
(f) Levites: Joshua 21 1-3, 25, 28:35
The tribe of Levy settled among the other tribe regions and had religious and political duties. This text lists the cities and areas where the Tribe of Levy was located:
1 Then came near the heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of fathers’ houses of the tribes of the children of Israel;
2 and they spoke unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying: ‘The HaShem commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the open land thereabout for our cattle.’
3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, according to the commandment of HaShem, these cities with the open land about them.
28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishion with the open land about it, Dobrath with the open land about it;
29 Jarmuth with the open land about it, En-gannim with the open land about it; four cities.
30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with the open land about it, Abdon with the open land about it;
32 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with the open land about it, the city of refuge for the manslayer, and Hammoth-dor with the open land about it, and Kartan with the open land about it; three cities.
33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with the open land about them.
34 And unto the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with the open land about it, and Kartah with the open land about it;
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