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The Twelve Tribes of Israel, descended from and named after the sons and grandsons of Jacob.

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The earliest sources I know of who ask this question, are the Pirkey D'Rabbi Eliezer (ch. 37 in ed. Higger) and the Tanhuma (ed. Buber Vayeshev 5). Rashbam to Genesis (35:18) answers that Yosef spent …
answered Dec 27 '17 by mevaqesh
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The simplest answer is that your translation is not accurate. The verse actually states: וַיֹּאמְר֞וּ אִ֣ישׁ אֶל־אָחִ֗יו אֲבָל֘ אֲשֵׁמִ֣ים׀ אֲנַחְנוּ֘ עַל־אָחִינוּ֒ And they said to each oth …
answered Dec 13 '17 by mevaqesh
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According to Pesahim 50a, the very premise of the question; that Jacob's sons married Canaanite women is wrong. Indeed, the very notion is so inconceivable that that the Talmud interprets Genesis (38: …
answered Mar 5 '17 by mevaqesh
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Ohr HaYashar to Hilkhot Mamrim (6:3) points this out, but doesn't seem to answer. Daf Al Hadaf to Pesahim (56a) quotes several answers: the Sefer Merafsin Igra (page 233) is cited as suggesting that …
answered Dec 25 '17 by mevaqesh