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The Chronicler's Description of the Common Border of Ephraim and Manasseh

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The Chronicler has joined two difficult and independent genealogies of the tribes of Manasseh" and Ephraim in Chron 7,14-27. The description in verses 28-29 seems to be a composite of several sources since the southern border is formulated on the principle of citing a central fixed point, from which emanated two extremes in opposite directions, first to the east and then to the west. The mention of Shechem between the two descriptions would indicate the Chronicler's attempt to note a common point shared by both tribes. According to the Chronicler 's source, ʿAzzah/ʿAzzun and Shcehem were two points on the common border of Ephraim and Manasseh. Finally, this chapter clarifies the Chronicler 's description of the western half of the common border of the territories of Ephraim and Manasseh. The starting point was the justification of the reading ʿAzzah over the preferred reading ʿAiah.

Keywords: ʿAzzah; ʿAzzun; Chronicler's description; Ephraim; Manasseh; Shechem



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