He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun
and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun
and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.
The only information that can be gleaned superficially from this sparse narrative is that there was once a judge from the tribe of Zebulun
who judged Israel for ten years and who was buried in one of his tribe's ancestral villages.
The next clause of Isaiah 8:23 is taken to say that "the land of Zebulun
and the land of Naphtali did lighten [its burden]." These words are interpreted as applying to the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel, who had thrown off the yoke of the Torah and so deserved to have God turn them over to the marauding Sennacherib.
Accompanied by Israeli officers, they examined the Jewish cemetery, the synagogue, and the place where Zebulun
, the head of one of the 12 biblical tribes of ancient Israel, is traditionally believed to be buried.
The ideology behind this project was based on the Talmudic agreement between the ancient Israelite tribes of Issachar and Zebulun
, whereby the woman earned a livelihood while the man devoted himself to learning Torah.
1 December 2007: Stephanie Anstey, Joshua Blythe, Meredith Brown, Sara Davis-Leonard, Zebulun
Frazee, Bryan S.
The lesser known Bethlehem is mentioned in the Old Testament Book= of Joshua, situated among towns of the tribe of Zebulun
and Naphtali are two of the tribes of Israel, which were located in the present-day region of Galilee.
For just when the book of Joshua finishes with the image of rest and peace after a gruelling conquest, Judges doles out a telling refrain in a partial roll-call of the tribes: 'But the people of Benjamin did not drive out ...' (Judges 1: 21); 'Manasseh did not drive out ...' (Judges 1: 27); 'And Ephraim did not drive out ...' (Judges 1: 29); 'Zebulun
did not drive out ...' (Judges 1: 30); 'Asher did not drive out ...' (Judges 1: 31); 'Naphtali did not drive out ...' (Judges 1: 33); until we get to the final item in the list: 'The Amorites pressed the Danites back into the hill country' (Judges 1:34).
The different tribes were probably mentioned one by one in the Qumranic composition; see fragments 3 (Judah), 8 (Judah, Simeon, Dan, and Issachar), and especially 9 i, which seems to have mentioned the tribes and the places they did or did not conquer (Puech supplies Zebulun
and Naphtali in lines 3 and 4, and line 11 reads Juda h, near Beer Sheba, etc.).
A number of groups referred to at other points in the Bible as "tribes" (shevet or matteh) are instanced in the Song (for example, Zebulun
Our hypothesis here is that by critically analyzing his life, as described in the text, and juxtaposing it with the description of his ancient ancestors, it will become evident that he belonged to the tribe of Zebulun