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In context, the list refers to the remnant that was protected from the '6th seal'. Here are two brief commentaries on it: Resources » The IVP New Testament Commentary Series » John's list does not match exactly any of the traditional lists of the tribes of Israel (for example, Gen 35:23-26; 49:1-28; Deut 33:6-25), either in the names or in the order of ...


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There are actually 14 tribes if you consider Ephraim and Manasseh as additional tribes, but this is an abberation in my opinion since Ephraim inherited his father's portion so there were 13. Levi was not given land, his offspring being the priests. As you indicated Joseph received extra share of land which I suspect is what allowed Manasseh to separate ...


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Since God used the word "tribe" to describe Levi, then Levi must be a tribe. The need to hold the count at 12 tribes is a mystery since the total count is 14. The future sin or merging of tribes cannot negate the fact that they were at one time counted as a tribe. Seems there are 14 (add Levi-Gen. 49:5 and Joseph-Gen 49:22 to your list above), but God wanted ...



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