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Easton's Bible Dictionary
A collection of families descending from one ancestor. The "twelve tribes" of the Hebrews were the twelve collections of families which sprang from the sons of Jacob. In Matthew 24:30
the word has a wider significance. The tribes of Israel are referred to as types of the spiritual family of God ( Revelation 7
). (See ISRAEL, KINGDOM OF; JUDAH, KINGDOM OF .)
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Tribe'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/t/tribe.html. 1897.