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  • Name Zebulun  
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 

      «b»Zebulun«/b» (also «b»Zebulon«/b», «b»Zabulon«/b» or «b»Zaboules«/b», «u»Hebrew «/u»: or or , «u»Tiberian Hebrew «/u» Z «u»Standard Hebrew «/u» Z commonly «i» Zvulun«/i» in «u»Israel «/u») was, according to the Books of «u»Genesis «/u» and «u»Numbers «/u», the sixth son of «u»Jacob «/u» and «u»Leah «/u», and the founder of the «u»Israelite Tribe «/u» of «u»Zebulun «/u». Some «u»Biblical scholars «/u» believe this to be an «u»eponymous «/u» «u»metaphor «/u» providing an «u»aetiology «/u» of the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite confederation. With Leah as a «u»matriarch «/u», «u»Biblical scholars«/u»believe the tribe to have been regarded by the text's authors as a part of the original Israelite confederation.
      The name is derived from the Northwest Semitic root «i»zbl«/i», common in 2nd millennium BC Ugaritic texts as an epithet (title) of the god «u»Baal «/u», as well as in Phoenician and (frequently) in biblical «u»Hebrew «/u» in personal names.
      The text of the «u»Torah «/u» gives two different «u»etymologies «/u» for the name «i»Zebulun«/i», which «u»textual scholars «/u» attribute to different sources - one to the «u»Yahwist «/u» and the other to the «u»Elohist «/u»; the first being that it derives from «i»zebed«/i», the word for «i»gift«/i», in reference to Leah's view that her gaining of six sons was a «i»gift«/i» from «u»God «/u»; the second being that it derives from «i»yizbeleni«/i», meaning «i»honour«/i», in reference to Leah's hope that Jacob would give her honour now that she had given birth to six sons. In «u»Deuteronomy «/u», however an allusion is made to a third potential etymology - that it may be connected with «i»zibhe«/i», literally meaning «i»sacrifice«/i», in reference to commercial activities of the tribe of Zebulun - a commercial agreement made at «u»Mount Tabor «/u» between the tribe of Zebulun and a group of non-Israelites was referred to as «i»zibhe-tzedek«/i», literally meaning «i»sacrifice to justice«/i» or «i»sacrifice to «u»Tzedek «/u»«/i».
      The Torah states that Zebulun had three sons - Sered, «u»Elon «/u», and «u»Jahleel «/u» - each the eponymous founder of a clan. Beyond this, there is little other reference to Zebulun.
      The Tomb of Zebulun is located in Sidon, Lebanon. In the past, towards the end of Iyyar, Jews from the most distant parts of Palestine would make a pilgrimage to this tomb.
      Some believe the depopulated village of «u»Sabalan «/u» in the «u»District of Safad «/u» was named after Zebulun.
    Person ID I61499  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 

    Father Jacob (Isreal) Ben Abraham, King of Goshen,   b. Abt 1892 B.C., Haran Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1745 B.C., Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Leah (Lia) bint Laban,   b. Paddan Aram Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Canaan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1799  Group Sheet

     1. Sered,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elon,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Jahleel,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F551617664  Group Sheet