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Generation No. 24


Born: 1704 BC in Haran, Pandanaram

Married: abt. 1685 BC                                        (Age:  19+)

Died: 1592 BC in Goshen, Egypt                         (Age:  122)

Father: Jacob

Mother:  Leah


Wife: Aridah


Died: Goshen, Egypt ?




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Notes for Issachar:

His name in Hebrew is: יששכר Yissâskâr (yis-saw-kawr’) (strictly yis-saws-kawr’) Strongs #: 3485; he will bring a reward.  His name in Greek is: Ίσαχάρ Isachar (ee-sakh-ar’) Strongs: 2466.

Jacob, Issachar’s father was 89 when Issachar was born.

Jacob had already been living in Haran for twelve years when Issachar was born.

At the age of 8, Issachar left with his family to return to where Jacob came from and met with a few hardships along the way.  (1)

The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem where they stayed 18 months.  (2)

Upon the kidnapping of Issachar’s sister, Dinah, Issachar’s older brothers Simeon and Levi laid waste the city of Shechem.

It looked like Issachar would be going to his first battle at the age of 9, but it turned out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea.  If two can take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating.  (3)

At 10, Issachar and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.

At 11, his Aunt Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the world.

At 16, Issachar and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again.  This time war was inevitable!

The armies of the seven Canaanite kings came against them, but to make a long story short, Issachar and his brothers destroyed the kings as well as seven cites, although it took several days to do it.  (4)

Issachar’s mother, Leah died when Issachar was 17, and it was after that time that his half-brother Joseph started making a nuisance of himself.  Although Joseph ranked himself better than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that Jacob made a colorful coat for him with long sleeves.  (5)

What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Issachar had the gift of interpreting dreams it made him dislike his brother all the more!  (6)

The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem (they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found his brothers even when Issachar moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.

Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, Issachar planned to be part of the plot to kill Joseph, but Reuben wanted nothing to do with the plan, so Joseph was placed in a pit so Reuben could secretly let Joseph return home.

While Reuben was away from the camp, Issachar and his brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver, but Issachar later regretted it.

With Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites and taken to Egypt, Issachar came up with the idea on how to cover their tracks with the selling of Joseph into Egypt.  The idea was to tear Joseph’s coat and dip it in the blood of a goat and deliver it to Jacob.  (7)

Twenty years later at the age of 39, Issachar was sent to Egypt with his brothers (except Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.

Upon arriving in Egypt, the brothers met with Zaphnathpaaneah, the stern governor of Egypt who accused the brothers as being spies.  Then Simeon was bound in prison and the brothers were instructed to bring their youngest brother with them on their next trip to prove that they weren’t spies.  (8)

Therefore, the brothers returned home with their grain, but were forced to return to Egypt 14 months later with Benjamin, much to the sorrow of Jacob.  (9)

Upon Issachar and his brother’s return back to Egypt fourteen months later, troubles began after Issachar and his brothers had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin was accused of stealing the Governor’s cup.  However, the excitement didn’t really begin until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house.  (10)

This act grieved Issachar and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother that he reviewed himself to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.

This act both gladdened and frightened Issachar.

Issachar returned home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings in which they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to witness the joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt.  


Seventeen years later, when Issachar was 58, his father died and requested to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time while by Issachar’s Uncle Esau.  (12)

Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt.  Having captive Edomites in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites ended up losing the battle the third time.  (13)

After Issachar had lived in Egypt for 81 years, he died at the age of 122.  (14)


More About Issachar:

Burial: 1387BC in Zidon, Canaan


Notes for Aridah:

Jasher 45:5 tells us that Aridah  is the daughter of Jobab and granddaughter of Joktan (who is the son of Eber.)  If that was the case Issachar would have married his 2nd cousin (six times removed), and would have been equivalent to Issachar marrying his great-great-great-grandmother’s 2nd cousin, either making Aridah  extremely old, or, Joktan and Jobab had children later on in life.  It can only be surmised that Aridah  is a descendant of Jobab and not his daughter.

Nonetheless, Aridah  lived in the land to the east, but where that is is unknown, unless it is Ur of the Chaldeas.

Aridah also had an older sister in whom Issachar’s brother, Levi married.  (15)

Notes for Phuvah:

His name in Hebrew is: פוה Puvvâh (poov-vaw’) Strongs #: 6312; a blast.

Only mentioned in Gen. 46:13; and Jash. 45:7, and 59:12.  After the death of his father and uncles, it is possible that he became a slave to the Egyptians.

Notes for Job:

His name in Hebrew is: יוב Yôwb (yobe) Strongs #: 3102.

Only mentioned in Gen. 46:13; I Chron. 7:1; Jash. 45:7, and 59:12.  After the death of his father and uncles, it is possible that he became a slave to the Egyptians.

Notes for Shimron:

His name in Hebrew is: שמרון Shimrôwn (shim-rone’) Strongs #: 8110; guardianship.

Only mentioned in Gen. 46:13; I Chron. 7:1; Jash. 45:7, and 59:12.  After the death of his father and uncles, it is possible that he became a slave to the Egyptians.