Organizing the Tribes

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In the desert the tribes were divided into four camps. The four camps were placed around the Mishkan. The Torah gives us the number of people in each tribe and the total number of people in each of the four camps. This chart gives you the totals for each camp but only some of the tribes. Using the numbers given figure out which of the tribes goes into each camp.

 

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Members of the Tribes

 

 

How to solve this.

1. You know the camp for 4 of the tribes, so cross them of the list. That leaves 8 tribes to place.

Reuben            46,500

Simeon            59,300

Gad                 45,650

Issachar           54,400

Zebulun           57,400

Ephraim          40,500

Manasseh        32,200

Benjamin        35,400

Dan                 62,700

Asher              41,500

Naphtrali         53,400

Yehudah          74,600

 

 

2. Pick one camp. We will use the North Camp for example.

Take the total number from the Camp and substract the number from teh one tribe that you are given.

 

Total for North Camp157,600 – Tribe of Dan 62,700 = 94,900

 

3. This tells you that the other two tribes have to add up to 94,900. Now try to figure out which two tribes add up to 94,900. It may be easier to look only at the last three numbers to see which two will add up to 900 (or 1900).

Reuben            46,500

Simeon            59,300

Gad                 45,650

Issachar           54,400

Zebulun           57,400

Ephraim          40,500

Manasseh        32,200

Benjamin        35,400

Dan                 62,700

Asher              41,500

Naphtrali         53,400

Yehudah          74,600

 

 

4. There are several combinations that will end in 900, but all of them include Asher, so yhou know that one of the other two is Asher with 41,500. Now subtract that amount from 94,900.

 

94,900 – 41,500 = 53,400

 

5. So the remaining tribe has to have 53,400 which makes it Naphtali. Now you can remove Asher and Naphtali from the list which makes figuring out the others easier.

Reuben            46,500

Simeon            59,300

Gad                 45,650

Issachar           54,400

Zebulun           57,400

Ephraim          40,500

Manasseh        32,200

Benjamin        35,400

Dan                 62,700

Asher              41,500

Naphtrali         53,400

Yehudah          74,600

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