1 Chronicles 8 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Chapters 2 8. The Genealogies of the Tribes of Israel
The Chronicler deals very unequally with the tribes in their genealogies; as the following table shews:
1Ch 4:24-43. Simeon (20 verses).
1Ch 5:1-26. Reuben, Gad, and Eastern Manasseh (26 verses).
1Ch 6:1-81. Levi (81 verses).
1Ch 7:1-40. Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Eastern Manasseh (again), Ephraim, and Asher (40 verses).
Zebulun and (perhaps) Dan (cp. 1Ch 7:12, note) are omitted.
It may easily be seen that the tribes in which the Chronicler is really interested are the three southern tribes, Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin, together with the priestly tribe, Levi.
The order in which the tribes are mentioned is at first geographical, Judah and Simeon the southern tribes first, then the eastern tribes Reuben, Gad, Manasseh; the rest follow in no fixed order.
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