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I have two questions that are somewhat related to Brit-Am?s mission?
In Deut. 32.8 it discusses the inheritance of the nations being divided among the sons of Adam and then says ?he (God) set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel?. The scope of the verse seems to be more expansive than just the 12 tribal allotments within Israel, and if so then it seems to imply a kind of ratio between the boundaries of the nations in general, and the children of Israel. What is this referring to? Could it be that each tribe is or will someday be responsible for instructing or governing the various nations?
Secondly, in Deut. chapter 33 where Moses is blessing Jacob?s 12 sons, Simeon is omitted. Is there a generally accepted reason for this? You have probably addressed this in the past, but I don?t recall seeing your explanation.
(a) Concerning your first question see the Brit-Am Commentary to Deuteronomy 32:8:
70 Sons of Noah, 70 Descendants of Abraham, 70 Clans amongst the Tribes of Israel.
# The Israelite peoples (according to our understanding of Scripture, others appear to disagree) are destined to rule over the nations of the earth. Each group of non-Israelite nations is apportioned to a different Israelite tribe. #
(b) Regarding Simeon not being included in the Blessings of Genesis 33 we are quoting blow from our Brit-Am Commentary but have also added additional words of exp[lanation.
[Deuteronomy 33:7] AND THIS IS THE BLESSING OF JUDAH: AND HE SAID, HEAR, LORD, THE VOICE OF JUDAH, AND BRING HIM UNTO HIS PEOPLE: LET HIS HANDS BE SUFFICIENT FOR HIM; AND BE THOU AN HELP TO HIM FROM HIS ENEMIES.
JUDAH represents the present-day Jews. Other tribes prominent amongst the Jews include Simeon, Levi, and Benjamin all of which are considered in this study.
HEAR, LORD, THE VOICE OF JUDAH. The word "HEAR" in Hebrew "shema" which sounds similar to Shime-on. According to tradition the expression "shema" here is hinting at Simeon [in Hebrew "Shimea-on"] who is NOT mentioned expressly in the blessings of this portion. Throughout the Bible a quorum of twelve tribes is maintained though actually there were 13 tribes. The quorum is maintained by either subsuming Simeon with Judah, or leaving out Levi who was scattered throughout the other tribes, or counting Ephraim and Menasseh together as the one tribe of Joseph.
In addition it should be noted:
The hint at "Hear, LORD" hinting at Simeon is taken from the Sages (see Rashi) as we should have mentioned and usually would have done so.
The name Simeon in Hebrew is "Shimeon" or "Shmea-On".
[Genesis 29:33] AND SHE CONCEIVED AGAIN, AND BARE A SON; AND SAID, BECAUSE THE LORD HATH HEARD I WAS HATED, HE HATH THEREFORE GIVEN ME THIS SON ALSO: AND SHE CALLED HIS NAME SIMEON.
"Shimeon" means "Shmea-On" which is based on the verb "Shema" meaning "hear".
The Primary Jewish prayer is "SHMA Yisrael" or "Hear O Israel".
This is the last prayer a religious Jew tries to say before he leaves this world. It is also the prayer that Jewish martyrs declared when they were burnt and murdered throughout the ages for refusing to deny their faith in One God.
Deuteronomy 6:4 ?Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
The name Simeon may also mean "Hear O God". The suffix "-on" (in Sime-on") is usually assumed to be merely a euphonic ending. it may however be related to the Hebrew "ON" meaning "might, strength, prowess" and also refer to the Almighty.
When the Sages said that the words "HEAR, LORD" in the blessing to Judah, " HEAR, LORD, THE VOICE OF JUDAH" [Deuteronomy 33:7] applied to Simeon, they may have intended to say that "Shime-On" (Simeon) means "HEAR, LORD".
Historically the Tribe of Simeon for much of its history was closely interwoven with Judah and to some degree identical with it.
Judges 1:3 So Judah said to Simeon his brother, ?Come up with me to my allotted territory, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I will likewise go with you to your allotted territory.? And Simeon went with him.
For a little more on this subject see the Brit-Am Comm entry to Joshua 19:1
[Joshua 19:1] AND THE SECOND LOT CAME FORTH TO SIMEON, EVEN FOR THE TRIBE
OF THE CHILDREN OF SIMEON ACCORDING TO THEIR FAMILIES: AND THEIR
INHERITANCE WAS WITHIN THE INHERITANCE OF THE CHILDREN OF JUDAH.
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