Tribe of Asher

Twelve Tribes of Israel

  • Simeon
  • Levi
  • Judah
  • Dan
  • Naftali
  • Gad
  • Ash
  • Issachar
  • Zebulun
  • Josef Manasseh
  • Ephraim

Ash (also Asher, Hebrew אָשֵׁר ʾ ASER ) is the name of one of the twelve sons of Jacob, the third patriarch of the Israelites in the Tanach, the Hebrew Bible. Jacob's sons are there as progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Asher is the eighth son of Jacob and the second of Zilpah, the handmaid of his wife Leah (Gen. 35.26 EU). In other tribal lists Gad and Asher appear last in the ranking of the sons (Gen 35.26 EU; 1 Chr 1,1 ff EU). When the tribe of Jacob into Egypt moves, Asher has four sons, one daughter and two grandsons (Gen. 46,17 EU). Jacob and Moses promised Asher in their blessings a fertile land.


The tribe of Asher receives after the conquest of Canaan, an area on the Mediterranean coast, which includes among other Mount Carmel (Josh. 19.23 to 31 EU). Perhaps this strain is identical with the people of Asar, who were defeated by Seti I and are mentioned in the Papyrus Anastasi I. After the Israelite kingdom dividing the tribal territory of Asher was part of the northern kingdom of Israel. In Ezekiel's prophecy Asher gets a second strain according to Dan its share of promised land assigned (Ezekiel 28,27 EU ) after he played only a minor role in the course of Israel's history.