Gad

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The Tribe of Dan.

Census. At the time of the descent into Egypt seven sons are ascribed to him (Gen. 46:16). At the first census Gad had 45,650 adult males, ranking eighth; and at the second census 40,500, ranking tenth.

Position. They camped on the south side of the tabernacle.

Standard. They followed the standard of Reuben.

Journeying. "All who were numbered according to their armies of the forces with Reuben (Simeon and Gad), one hundred and fifty-one thousand four hundred and fifty-- they shall be the second to break camp. (Num 2:16).

Representatives. Their chief being Eliasaph the son of Reuel (Num. 1:14; 2:10-16).

Interesting Notes. When Moses assigned the territory east of the Jordan River to the Gadites, he stipulated that they must cross over the river to help the other tribes in the conquest of Canaan (Num. 32:20-32). They did not always do this, however, most likely because the tribe experienced a great deal of trouble holding their own territory.

The Land Division. The territory of Gad or Gilead lay east of the Jordan River between the halftribe of Manasseh to the north and the tribe of Reuben to the south. Its western boundary was the Jordan River; on the east it faced the territory of the Ammonites. Gad had few major towns.

The Man Gad

Gahd; "a troop" the root means "to attack and overcome.".

Gen 30:10-11 And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, "A troop comes!" So she called his name Gad.

The name of Jacob's seventh son, the firstborn of Zilpah, Leah's maid, and whole brother to Asher.

As to the life of Gad, son of Jacob, nothing is given.

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