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Zebulon (zebulon/zaboulwn) can be rendered as “gift.” It is the name of a son of Jacob, an Israelite tribe and a tribal territory in the time before the period of the Israelite kings and can mean a person, a group of people and a place. The term occurs 47 times in the Bible, quite often in the Old Testament and only three times in the New Testament, thereof twice in Matthew (Gen 30:20; 35:23; 46:14; 4…

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Kowalski, Beate, “Zebulon”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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