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ATS Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Nave's Topical Bible
» Naphtali
• Torrey's Topical Textbook
» Naphtali, The Tribe of
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
» Naphtali
» Naphtali, Mount
» Naphtali, Tribe of
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
» Naphtali
• Hitchcock's Bible Names
» Naphtali
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
» Naphtali
» Naphtali, Mount
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
» Kedesh-Naphtali
» Naphtali
» Naphtali, Mount
Greek - Naphtali
Hebrew - Kedeshnaphtali, Kedesh-naphtali
Hebrew - Naphtali, Kedesh-naphtali

The sixth son of Jacob, by Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid, Genesis 30:8. We know but few particulars of the lie of Naphtali. His sons were four, Genesis 46:24. The patriarch Jacob, when he gave his blessing, said, as it is in the English Bible, "Naphtali is a hind let loose; he giveth goodly words," Genesis 49:21. For an illustration of this passage, see HIND.

The tribe of Naphtali, called Nephtalim in Matthew 4:15, were located in a rich and fertile portion of northern Palestine; having Asher on the west, the upper Jordan and part of the sea of Tiberias on the east; and running north into the Lebanon range, some lower offshoots of which prolonged to the south formed the "mountains of Naphtali," Joshua 19:32-39 20:7. They attended in force at the coronation of David, 1 Chronicles 12:34; and are mentioned with honor in the wars of the Judges, Judges 1:33 5:18 6:35 7:23; as much reduced by the Syrians, 1 Kings 15:20; and as among the first captives to Assyria, 2 Kings 15:29 Isaiah 9:1. Our Savior spent much time in the southern part of this region, Matthew 4:13-15.

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These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'NAPHTALI'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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