The half tribe of Manasseh (Josh 13:29-13:33)

“Moses gave an inheritance to the half-tribe of Manasseh. It was allotted to the half-tribe of the Manassites according to their families. Their region extended from Mahanaim, through all Bashan, the whole kingdom of King Og of Bashan. This includes all the settlements of Jair, which are in Bashan, sixty towns, and half of Gilead, with the towns of Ashtaroth, and Edrei, the towns of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. These were allotted to the people of Machir son of Manasseh according to their clans, half of the Machirites.”

The half tribe of Manasseh got the biggest portion of this captured land. There is no explanation on why only half the tribe stayed here and got this northern part of the Bashan area, the kingdom of Og. However, the clan of Machir gets this land.

“These are the inheritances that Moses distributed in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan east of Jericho. But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance. Yahweh God of Israel is their inheritance, as he said to them.”

Once again, there is a mention that this was Moses’ idea that the Levites get no property. Moses also made this agreement with the 2 ½ tribes, not Joshua.

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