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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Zeb´ulun (habitation), the sixth and last son of Jacob by Leah (, seq.; 35:23), who, in the order of birth, followed his brother Issachar, with whom, in history, as in the Promised Land, he was closely connected (). Zebulun was the founder of the tribe which bore his name (), and which, while yet in the wilderness, was respectable for numbers (; ). Zebulun obtained its lot in north Palestine between Naphtali on the north and Issachar on the south, while Asher stretched along both it and Naphtali on the west (, seq.). The country of the Zebulonites bordered towards the east on the south-western side of the Lake of Tiberias, and was connected with the Mediterranean by means of Carmel (). Its inhabitants in consequence took part in seafaring concerns. They failed to expel all the native race, but made those of them that remained tributaries (). One of the judges of Israel, Elon, was a Zebulonite (). A city lying on the borders of Asher also bore the name of Zebulun ().





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Zebulun'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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