Definition of Tribes of Israel in US English:

Tribes of Israel

proper noun

  • The twelve divisions of ancient Israel, traditionally descended from the twelve sons of Jacob. Ten of the tribes (Asher, Dan, Gad, Issachar, Levi, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, and Zebulun, known as the Lost Tribes) were deported to captivity in Assyria c.720 BC, leaving only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.