Once when Zeus was consorting with the Argive Nymphe Iohis jealous wife Hera appeared on the scene. The god quickly transformed her into a white heifer but the goddess was not deceived and demanded the animal as a gift. She then appointed Argos Panoptes as its guard.
McKee Adams published a wonderful book in entitled Biblical Backgrounds. He appoints the tribe of Gad's allotment as falling within the first "period" of "three general divisions and periods" of the Conquest.
This first period was the allotment of land east of the Jordan River to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, or East Manasseh. As pointed out earlier, Moses himself handed out this allotment. This was also unique in that these were the Gad narrative three tribes with land east of the Jordan, and these three tribes sought out their land, whereas the remainder of the tribes were assigned land west of the Jordan by Joshua.
The portion obtained by this tribe rested north of the tribe of Reuben. The Jordan River bordered their land to the west. The kingdom of the Ammonites lie to the immediate east. A thin section of land fell within the tribal borders which stretched northward, through Gilead, all the way up to the southeastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, or Sea of Chinneroth.
The southern boundary, it seems, reached to Heshbon. However, the heartland rested in the mountainous region of Gilead. The tribe of East Manasseh shared this region. The city of Manahaim sat on the border. The region is characterized by beautiful mountain country. Adams describes it as more "rolling than either Moab or Bashan".
Because of the Gadites proximity to the Jordan River, it was more involved with the western tribes of Israel than the other Transjordan tribes of Reuben and East Manasseh. Their land, as well as those of all the Transjordan, was much more adequately supplied with water than the western tribes.
Streams consistently carried water throughout the land, breaking from tablelands, hills, and mountain slopes, gathering in valleys, and winding its way towards the Jordan Rift Valley and the Dead Sea.
The Yarmuk, Jabbok, and Arnon rivers were the three primary rivers in the Transjordan. These waters would also provide an ample water supply for their large herds and flocks. The Yarmuk and Jabbok gathered tremendous amounts of water from the Bashan highlands, and in northern Gilead, and emptied its supply into the Jordan.
The Jabbok river finds its principal source near Rabbath-ammon. Rabbath-ammon, or modern day Amman, Jordan, is called "the city of waters" in the Old Testament. Extremely fertile land characterized the inheritance. Gad had very rich pasture lands, which the Bible states were well suited for their large herds and flocks.
Dense forests sat along the rugged western slopes of the Transjordan Plateau. Nadav Na'aman differentiates the territories of Gad and Reuben in describing the location of the Biblical Mishor, or "plain".
Na'aman argues the Mishor extended north of the Arnon River, up to the southern border of Ammon. The major towns of this area, which also fell within the tribe of Reuben, were Medeba and Dibon.
The territory of Gad, however, fell within the region which would later become the Assyrian Transjordanian province. The Mishor and Assyrian Transjordan Province, like the two tribes, bordered each other. This Assyrian Province included the town of Abel-shittim. Shittim is near Beth-haram and Minnith, both located at the southwestern border of Ammon.
The Israelites camped in Shittim before entering Canaan. This line effectively separates the Mishor and Reuben's allotment from that of their brethren to the north.Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products.
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