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Jacob's Offspring: The Twelve Tribes & Daughter Dinah

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while staying at my grandfather's house in nashville years ago decided to read a small, old bulky bible i found in one of the upstairs bookcases. black cover with gold letters. thou, yea, shalt & all that dead english. this bible had notes in a middle column useful to understand names. Genesis 29,30. the amazing account of two wives, two concubines & one man. Battle of Wombs. she who is inseminated wins! priceless moment: Jacob's response to Rachel when she demands that he give her children or she will die: Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb? the bible, it's a soap opera! surrogate mothers, aphrodisiacs & sibling warfare.

in Sepher Yetzirah the Twelve Tribes = zodiac signs. etc.etc. in the following list the sisters are indicated by L=Leah & R=Rachel; each sister's maids: Leah: Z=Zilpah & Rachel: B=Bilhah.

01-Reuben (L), 02-Simeon (L), 03-Levi (L), 04-Judah (L), 05-Dan (RB), 06-Naphtali (RB), 07-Gad (LZ), 08-Asher (LZ), 09-Issachar (L),10- Zebulun (L), 11-Dinah (L), 12-Joseph (R), 13-Benjamin (R). Joseph had two sons: Manasseh & Ephraim. Jacob's blessings.

several tribe lists, this one from Numbers 2: Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Manasseh & Ephraim. Levites not counted because they're priesthood. Joseph also never counted, but Joseph's sons part of the Twelve Tribes.

in all the tribe lists & blessings, however, one child is forgotten. Dinah (Judgment). IMHO, Dinah-Shechem illustrate the creation of the zodiac sign Libra by placing it between Dinah (Virgo) & Shechem (Scorpio). Shechem means back, or shoulder.

And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel. And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. Genesis 34

Hamor describes Shechem's longing for Dinah as chashaq :: (root word) to love, be attached to, long for. in another sense chashaq means "fillet". ??? also based on chashaq (a) chishshuq (felloes) :: spoke, spoke of a wheel & (b) chishshuq (spoke) :: hub, hub of a wheel, nave. chashaq also appears 11 times in the bible: Authorized Version :: desire 3, set his love 2, filleted 3, log 1, delight 1, in love 1. fillet appears three times in Exodus:

  • Exodus 27:17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.
  • Exodus 38:17 And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver.
  • Exodus 38:28 And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted them.

from my notes (lots of 1911 Encyclopedia scanning errors).

DAN. (from a Hebrew word meaning “judge “), a tribe of Israel, named after a son of Jacob and Bilhah, the maid of Rachel. The meaning of the name (referred to in Gen. xxx. 5 seq., xlix. 16) connects Dan with Dinah (“ judgment “), the daughter of Leah, whose story in Gen. xxxiv. (cf. xlix. 5 seq.) seems to point to an Israelite occupation of Shechem, a treacherous massacre of its Canaanite inhabitants by Simeon and Levi, and the subsequent scattering of the latter. But, historically, the occupation of Shechem, whether by conquest (Gen. xlviii. 22) or purchase (xxxiii. 19), is as obscure as the conquest of central Palestine itself (see JosHuA), and the true relation between Dan and Dinah is uncertain. The earliest seats of Dan lay at Zorah, Eshtaol and Kirjath-jearim, west of Jerusalem, whence they were forced to seek a n.ew home, and a valuable narrative detailing some of the events of the move is preserved in the story of the sanctuary of the Ephraimite Micah (q.v.). Laish (Leshem) was taken with the sword and re-named Dan (see below). Here a sanctuary was founded under the guardianship of Jonathan, the grandson of Moses, which survived until the “captivity of the land “(by Tiglath-Pileser IV. in. 733—732), or, according to another notice, until the fall of Shiloh (Judg. xviii. 30 seq.). Dan formed the northern limit of the land,’ and with Abel (-bethMaacah) was an old place renowned for Israelite lore (2 Sam. xx. 18; on the text see the commentaries). Little can be made of Dan’s history. The reference to it as a seafaring folk (Judg. V. 17) is difficult, and it is uncertain whether its character as represented in Gen. xlix. 17, Deut. xxxiii. 22, refers to its earlier or later seat. The post-exilic accounts of its southern border would make it part of Judah, and both of them are in tradition the greatest of the tribes in the, wanderings in the wilderness. Dan was subsequently either regarded as the embodiment of wickedness or entirely ignored; late speculation that the Antichrist should spring from it appears to be based upon an interpretation of Gen. xlix. 17 (see further R. H. Charles, Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, pp. 128 seq.). {more}

SHECHEM (mod. Ndblus), an ancient town of Palestine, S.E. of Samaria, which first appears in history as the place where Jacob and his family settled for a while (Gen. xxxiii. 18; ci. John iv. 12). It was occupied then by Hivites (Gen. xxxiv. 2), and a tragedy took place in connection with the chieftains violation of Jacobs daughter Dinah. It was set apart as a city of refuge (Jos. xx. 7) and was occupied by the Kohathite Levites in the tribe of Ephraim (xxi. 21). Here, between Ebal and Gerizim, Joshua made his last speech to the elders of the Israelites, (Jos. xxiv. I). The mother of Abimelech the son of Gideon was a Shechemite, and Shechem was the centre of his short-lived kingdom (Jud. viii. 3, ix.). Here Rehoboam made the foolish speech which kindled the revolt of the N. kingdom (I Kings xii. 1), after which it was for a time the headquarters of Jeroboam (I Kingsxii. 25). {more}

SIMEON, in the Old Testament, the name of a tribe of Israel, named after the second son of Jacob by Leah (Gen. xxix. 33). According to Gen. xxxiv., the brothers Simeon and Levi massacred the males of Shechem to avenge the -violation of their sister Dinah ( judgment ) by. Shechem the son of Hamor. Jacob disavowed the act, and on his deathbed solemnly cursed their ferocity, condemning the two to be divided in Jacob and scattered in Israel (xlix. 5-7). Subsequently the priestly Levites are found distributed throughout Israel without portion or inheritance (Deut. xviii. I, Josh. Xni. 14). The career of Simeon, on the other hand, raises numerous questions. Simeon is reckoned among the N. tribes in 2 Chron. xv. 9, xxxiv. 6, but is elsewhere assigned a district in S. Palestine, the cities of which are otherwise ascribed to Judah (cf. Josh. xix. 1-9 with xv. 2639)i A gloss in I Chron. ~V. 31 (which breaks the connection) states that the latter was their seat in Davids time, but there is no support for this in other records (see I Sam. xxvii., xxx.). In fact, Simeon is not mentioned in the blessing of Moses (Deut. xxxiii.; see S. R. Driver, Deut. p. 397 seq.), or in the stories of the judges ; and notwithstanding references to it in the chroniclers history of the monarchy, it is not named in the earlier books of Samuel and Kings. But is Gen. xxxiv. to be taken literally? Shechem is the famous holy city, Hamor a well-known native family, Jacob talks of himself as being few in number, and the deeds of Simeon and Levi are those of communities, not of individuals. What historical facts are thus represented, and how they are to be brought into line with the early history of Israel, are problems which have defied solution (see J. Skinner, Genesis, p. 421 seq.). It is conjectured that Dinah represents a clan or group (cf. DAN) which settled in Shechem and was exposed to danger (e.g. oppression or absorption); the tribes Simeon and Levi intervened on its behalf, the ensuing massacre was avenged by the Canaanites, and the two were broken up. These events would belong to an early stage in the invasion of Palestine by the Israelites (x5th-13th century n.c.), perhaps to a preliminary settlement by the soils of Leah (Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah), previous to the entrance of the son of Rachel, Joseph, the father of Ephraim and Manasseh.2 The internal biblical evidence has forced all independent investigators to adopt some reconstruction, but the above theory is in many respects precarious.3 It may explain the disappearance of a secular tribe of Levi, but not the rise of the sacred Levites. Even in Judges ix. 28 Shechem is still held by the family of Hamor (cf. Gen. xxxiii. 19), and if Simeon was scattered and divided at any early date, its appearance in tradition many centuries later is inexplicable. On the other hand, the latter feature is significant for its vitality in post-exilic traditions. Gen. xxxiv. and the narratives upon which the above reconstruction depends are preserved by compilers of the 6th century and later, and the correlation of Simeon and Levi points to a time when the latter had at length become the recognized eponym of the well-known ecclesiastical body. {more}

GENEALOGY. Many of the genealogical data are intricate. Thus, the interpretation of Gen. xxxiv. is particularly obscure (see LEVITES ad fin.; SIMEON). As regards the sons of Jacob, it is difficult ~to explain their division among the four wives of Jacob; viz. (a) the sons of Leah are Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah (S. Palestine), Issachar ,and Zebulun (in the north), and Dinah (associated with Shechem); (b) of Leahs maid Zilpah, Gad and Asher (E. and N. Palestine); (c) of Rachel, Joseph (Manasseh and Ephraim, i.e. central Palestine) and Benjamin; (d) of Rachels maid Bilhah, Dan and Naphtali (N. Palestine). It has been urged that (b) and (d) stood upon a lower footing than the rest, or were of later origin; or that Bilhah points to an old clan associated with Reuben (Gen. xxxv. 22) or Edom (Bilhan, Gen. xxxvi. 27), whilst Zilpah represents an Aramaean strain. Tradition may have combined distinct schemes, and the belief that the wives were Aramaean at least coincides with the circumstance that Aramaean elements predominated in certain of the twelve tribes. The number twelve is artificial and can be obtained only by counting Manasseh and Ephraim as one or by omitting Levi, and a careful study of Old Testament history makes it extremely difficult to recover the tribes as historical units. {more}

The Year of Jubilee: A Season in Hell :: Before we leave our foray into Greek myth, let’s tie up the loose ends we left in the Tantalus-Pelops story. What Pelops lost was his left shoulder, the support from which the “quiver” Teli hangs. Teli stands for the axis of the ecliptic plane, in the cosmic sense, and for the Objective Axis of the psyche. In addition to meaning “quiver”, Teli also denotes a “hinge”. So we might say that Pelop’s plight represents the “unhinging” of the Objective side of Consciousness. Instead of a living shoulder of flesh and blood, Pelops is left with an inanimate chunk of ivory, the bone of a dead animal. Allegorically speaking, his Objective experience — that is, his perception of things outside himself — has been “ossified”, pathologically hardened into a rigid pattern of absolutes. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the myth goes on to tell how, after Pelop’s death, his ossified shoulder becomes a cult-object fought over by the warring empires of Troy, Greece and Rome. Known as the Palladium, it’s location has always marked the apex of the World’s ruling elite, whose power flows from the hierarchal ordering of Consciousness exemplified by the Arrow.

Dinah - Judged; vindicated, daughter of Jacob by Leah, and sister of Simeon and Levi # Ge 30:21 She was seduced by Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite chief, when Jacob’s camp was in the neighbourhood of Shechem. This led to the terrible revenge of Simeon and Levi in putting the Shechemites to death # Ge 34:1ff. Jacob makes frequent reference to this deed of blood with abhorrence and regret # Ge 34:30 49:5-7 She is mentioned among the rest of Jacob’s family that went down into Egypt # Ge 46:8,15.

The Oak of Shechem could also be the "the oak of Meonenim"; Meonenim means "soothsayers" or "sorcerers," "wizards" -- "enchanter's oak" or "oak of the wizards". Additionally, it's said that Dinah and Shechem had a child named Asenath ("gift of the sun-god") who was raised as Potipherah’s wife and married Joseph (Dinah's half-brother) and they had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim who are part of the 12 Tribes of Israel.

Meonenim :: (Judges 9:37; A.V., "the plain of Meonenim;" RSV, "the oak of Meonenim") means properly "soothsayers" or "sorcerers," "wizards" (Deuteronomy 18:10,14; 2Kings 21:6; Micah 5:12). This may be the oak at Shechem under which Abram pitched his tent (see SHECHEM), the "enchanter's oak," so called, perhaps, from Jacob's hiding the "strange gods" under it (Genesis 35:4). Easton's Bible Dictionary

Meonenim :: (enchanters ), The plain of, an oak or terebinth. or other great tree. (Judges 9:37) The meaning of Meonenim if interpreted as a Hebrew word, is enchanters or "observers of times," as it is elsewhere rendered ( 18:10,14) in (Micah 5:12) it is soothsayers. Smith's Bible Dictionary

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Shechem also the location of Jacob's Well (where John 4 sets Jesus' meeting with the woman of Samaria) narrow shoulder of land in the narrow valley between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, approximately 65 km north of Jerusalem.

Judges 9:48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done. 46 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith (covenant - Baal-berith; same as 01285; covenant, alliance, pledge; from 01262 ("to eat, consume"; in the sense of cutting [like 01254] to create, shape, form; of new conditions and circumstances; of transformations; to be created, of heaven and earth, of something new, of miracles; to make yourselves fat; to cut down or out)).

Again, Shechem had long been a royal city and credited with special sanctity. It was there, by the so-called 'Teacher's Oak', elsewhere called the 'Diviner's Oak' (Judges 9:37), that Abimelech was anointed king (Judges 9:6). The similarly named 'Teacher's Oak' by Gilgal, 'near Jericho' (Deut 11:30), where Joshua received his vision of the angel, would doubtless have confirmed to the Essenes their location of Shechem in the Jericho area.

Hosea 6:8-9 Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with blood. As robbers lie in wait for a man, so the priests are banded together; they murder on the way to Shechem, yea, they commit villainy.

The cities of refuge were distributed through the land at proper distances from each other that they might be convenient to every part of the land; and it is said they were situated on eminences, that they might be easily seen at a distance, the roads leading to them being broad, even, and always kept in good repair ... 2. SHECHEM, from shacham, to be ready, forward, and diligent; hence Shechem, the shoulder, because of its readiness to bear burdens, prop up, sustain, &c., and from this ideal meaning it has the metaphorical one of GOVERNMENT.

At that time, the 600 Benjamites were in the rock Rimmon. The Tribe of Benjamin asked what of the 200 with no wives and they commanded these 200 to wait in the vineyards of Shiloh where the Festival of Shiloh was held. This was a dance festival attended by women. Shilo also lay near a road leading from Bethel to Shechem (where Abram pitched his tent and built his first altar).


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