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Reuben - Eldest son of Jacob (Gen. 29:32; 30:14; 35:22–23; 37:21–22, 29; 42:22, 37; Num. 26:5); settled east of Jordan (Num. 32); the special characteristics of the tribe are referred to in Gen. 49:3; Deut. 33:6. The tribe’s numbers gradually diminished, and though it continued to exist as a tribe, it became politically unimportant. In Judg. 5:15–16, it is reproached by Deborah for its indifference during a time of national peril. For other references see Josh. 4:12; 13:15–23; 18:7; 22; 1 Chr. 5:1, 3, 18; Ezek. 48:6–7, 31; Rev. 7:5. Levite cities in, Josh. 20:8; 21:7, 36; 1 Chr. 6:63, 78. Dathan and Abiram, men of Reuben, Num. 16:1; Deut. 11:6; Bohan, son of Reuben, Josh. 15:6; 18:17.

Although Reuben was the firstborn of Jacob and Leah, he lost his birthright because of transgression (Gen. 35:22; 49:3–4). The blessing therefore came upon Joseph, the firstborn of Jacob and Rachel (1 Chr. 5:1–2).

Marriage and Family

According to Genesis 46:9, Reuben had four sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. The name of his wife/wives are not given. According to Joshua 15:6, a stone of Bohan, the son of Reuben marked a point along the boundary of the land allocated to the tribe of Judah.

According to the Book of Jasher, Chapter 45, Reuben's wife was Eliuram the daughter of Ewi the Canaanite (of Timnah).

Genesis Narrative


And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
Genesis 46:9 - KJV translation


Children


Offspring of Reuben and Eliuram, daughter of Ewi the Canaanite
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hanoch ben Reuben
Pallu ben Reuben
Hezron ben Reuben
Carmi ben Reuben



Siblings


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Leah, daughter of Laban
Name Birth Death Joined with
Reuben ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan Eliuram, daughter of Ewi the Canaanite
Simeon ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Levi ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan Milkah, daughter of Aram.
Judah ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan Daughter of Shau
Tamar
Issachar ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Zebulun ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Dinah, daughter of Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Rachel, daughter of Laban
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Egypt Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah
Benjamin ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Bilhah (?-?)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Dan ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Naphtali ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Zilpah (?-?)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Gad ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Asher ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


References


Footnotes (including sources)

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