Tribes of Israel

Hebrew tribes descended from the 12 sons of Jacob in the Hebrew Bible

The Israelites were divided into twelve tribes, according to the twelve sons of the Biblical patriarch, Jacob:

Location of the Israelite tribes

The Land of Israel was divided among those tribes, but there were a few exceptions:

  • The tribe of Levi got no land but had to do temple duties.
  • The tribe of Joseph was divided into two sub tribes: