How many were the sons of Jacob?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018

Question: How many were the sons of Jacob?

Answer: This question may seem easy to answer. He fathered 12 sons and a daughter from four mothers (below they are listed by their mothers, in order of their births, and the meanings of their names):

Sons of Leah:

Re’uven = “behold a son”

Shimon = “heard”

Levi = “joined to”

Yehudah = “YHVH praised”

 Sons of Bilhah (Rachel’s servant):

Dan = “a judge”

Naphtali = “wrestling

 Sons of Zilpah (Leah’s servant):

Gad = “fortune”

Asher = “happy”

Sons of Leah:

Issachar = “there is recompense”

Zevulun = “residence”

Dina = judgment

 Sons of Rachel:

Yoseph = “YHVH has added”

Binyamin = “son of the right hand”

In Egypt at the end of his life Jacob adopted the sons of Joseph, the son from his favourite wife Rachel: Menashsheh and Ephraim. Thus, Menashsheh and Ephraim made the number of the sons of Jacob: 14.

Read more in the article “The Prophecy of 144,000“.