whose number

1 Chronicles 7:2

7:2 whose number. Tola was the most prolific of Issachar’s four sons, having reached 22,600 in David’s time, and seemingly 36,000 later, perhaps by the time of the captivity (I Chronicles 7:4). All four Issachar families had reached 87,000 by that time (I Chronicles 7:5). It is obvious, however, that the record is sketchy and incomplete. By the time the Chronicler began to assemble all these records, hundreds of years had passed between the conquest and the return from exile, so he seems to have acquired all he could find. This would at least provide a clear link to the past for the families returning from Babylon.

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