Ancient Sources

Phoenicia and Galilee



3. Zebulon along the sea-shore shall dwell, and it will reach Sidon

ORIGINAL TEXTS

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Gen 49:13
Zebulun shall settle at the shore of the sea; he shall be a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Gen 49:13 Jacob's blessing
Zebulun shall settle at the shore of the sea; he shall be a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.

Deut 33:18–19 Moses blesses the tribe of Zebulun
And of Zebulun he said: Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out; and Issachar, in your tents. They call peoples to the mountain; there they offer the right sacrifices; for they suck the affluence of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand.

Josh 19:10–16
The lot of the tribe of Zebulun
The third lot came up for the tribe of Zebulun, according to its families. The boundary of its inheritance reached as far as Sarid; then its boundary goes up westward, and on to Maralah, and touches Dabbesheth, then the wadi that is east of Jokneam; from Sarid it goes in the other direction eastward toward the sunrise to the boundary of Chisloth-tabor; from there it goes to Daberath, then up to Japhia; from there it passes along on the east toward the sunrise to Gath-hepher, to Eth-kazin, and going on to Rimmon it bends toward Neah; then on the north the boundary makes a turn to Hannathon, and it ends at the valley of Iphtah-el; and Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem-- twelve towns with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of Zebulun, according to its families-- these towns with their villages.

Isa 9:1-2
Divine manifestation
But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness - on them light has shined.

Matt. 4:13-17 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light
He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles - the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."


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