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Issachar (ĭs'sa-kar), God hath given me my hire. The fifth son of Jacob and Leah. Genesis 30:18. The prophetical description of him uttered by his father, Genesis 49:14-15, was fulfilled in the fact that the posterity of Issachar were a laborious people and followed rural employments, and were subject to the tributes of marauding tribes.

Issachar (ĭs'sa-kar), The Territory of, included the great plain of Esdraelon, or Jezreel, and lay above that of Manasseh; its boundaries are given in Joshua 19:17-23. It extended from Mt. Carmel to the Jordan, and from Mt Tabor to En-gannim. Zebulun was on the north, Manasseh on the south, and Gilead on the east, across the Jordan. It contained sixteen noted cities and their villages. Among them were Megiddo, Jezreel, Shunem, Bethshan, Endor, Aphek, Taanach; and Jezreel stood almost exactly in the centre of the territory. This region was one of the richest and most fertile in Palestine. Many historical events of great interest took place within the territory. It furnished two kings to Israel—Baasha and Elan. 1 Kings 15:27; 1 Kings 16:6. Their portion of Palestine is still among the most fertile of the whole land. See Jezreel, Plain of, and Palestine.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Issachar'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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