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Certain numbers had symbolic significance to the people of that era. Numbers like 7 and 12 had connotations of wholeness or completeness. (Not completely unlike modern-ish phrases like going the "whole 9 yards"). Bible numbers The 12 tribes were established from the 12 sons of Israel/Jacob, who was himself the son of Isaac, who was the promised son of ...


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There is a specific line of succession starting from Abraham with whom the covenant is re-established. First to Abraham: Genesis 15:8: In that same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, form the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: Then to Isaac: Genesis 17:21: But my covenant ...


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Here is a response to this part of the question: When the names of the tribes were written, for example Exodus 28:21, how would the list appear? Would Joseph be written in place of Manasseh and Ephraim or would Levi be omitted? Here is Exodus 28:21 (NRSV): There shall be twelve stones with names corresponding to the names of the sons of ...



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