April 06, 2007

Breadcrumb: It's the size that counts

One benefit of having a census of the Israelite nation is that we know which tribes were the most numerous. The biggest tribe, according to the text, was Judah, with 74,600 warriors. (Num. 1:26-27) The smallest was Manasseh, at a measly 32,200, less than half Judah's size. (Num. 1:34-35) Though we actually know very little more about the members of the tribes, we can only assume that many of the other tribes would be annoyed at Judah whenever the inter-tribe Olympics came around and Judah could afford to field more competitors. Or perhaps I'm mixing mythologies.

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