Manasseh Facts for 3-8 Year Olds

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  • Manasseh is the first son of Joseph and Asenath.
  • His name means “forgetful.”
  • Joseph takes his two sons to see his father.
  • Jacob adopts them and blesses them.
  • This means that Manasseh will be considered equal to Jacob’s other sons.
  • Manasseh is the ancestor of the Tribe of Manasseh.
  • The tribe increases by 20,000 men during the years they were in the wilderness.
  • Around 1200 BCE, Joshua divides the land among the tribes.
  • Manasseh occupies land on both sides of the Jordan River.
  • The two sides are almost completely disconnected.
  • The western half is immediately north of Ephraim.
  • The eastern half is where the the northernmost tribe lives - on the east side of the Jordan.
  • Both lands have lots of water, which makes them very valuable to the northern kingdom.
  • The Assyrians capture the eastern territory in 732 BCE.
  • The western territory is captured in 723 BCE.
  • All the inhabitants are resettled in Assyria.
  • Some believe that the Samaritans are descendants from this tribe.