And God set a name and a stone for each Tribe........

I am studying the book of exodus recently and thought this was a fun assumption;

In Exodus 28 it is listing the commandments of God as to how exactly the priests breastplate was to be made.  Part of it represents the 12 original tribes of Israel.  Remember all tribes were called Israel but each tribe had a different name according the genealogy listed in Genesis 49. This is where they are listed according to oldest to youngest.  Using this pattern and the note in Exodus 28:17 I am assuming these stones are attributed to each tribe going from eldest to youngest.

1.  Rueben      Ruby             Red Stone
2.  Simeon      Topaz            Yellow and multi colors  
3.  Levi           Emerald        Green Stone

4.  Judah         Emerald        Green Stone  (notice that BOTH Judah and Levi are the same stone!)
5.  Zebulan     Sapphire        Blue Stone
6.  Issachar     Diamond       White Stone

I love this stone and Zebulan was to live near the sea -
that is totally me. And my fav stone!  ;-)
"Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea: He shall become a haven for ships..."

7.  Dan            Amber           Yellow Stone
8.  Gad            Agate             White Multi Color Stones
9.  Asher         Amethyst        Purple Stone

10.Naphtali     Onyx              Black Stone (but has other color too)
11. Joseph       Beryl              Colorless Stone (see below)
12. Benjamin  Jasper             Multi Stone colors
 Pure beryl is colorless, but it is frequently tinted by impurities; possible colors are green, blue, yellow, red, and white.

I have left a active link to each stone on Wikipedia for further research into the properties of each one.  Just thought this was very interesting!   Enjoy!

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