Issachar @ hired Genesis:30:18). "God hath given me," said Leah, "my hire (Heb. sekhari)...and she called his name Issachar." He was Jacob's ninth son, and was born in Padan-aram (comp. 28:2). He had four sons at the going down into Egypt (46:13; Numbers:26:23-25). Issachar, Tribe of, during the journey through the wilderness, along with Judah and Zebulun Numbers:2:5), marched on the east of the tabernacle. This tribe contained 54,400 fighting men when the census was taken at Sinai. After the entrance into the Promised Land, this tribe was one of the six which stood on Gerizim during the ceremony of the blessing and cursing Deuteronomy:27:12). The allotment of Issachar is described in Joshua:19:17-23. It included the plain of Esdraelon (=Jezreel), which was and still is the richest portion of Palestine Deuteronomy:33:18-19; 1Chronicles:12:40). The prophetic blessing pronounced by Jacob on Issachar corresponds with that of Moses Genesis:49:14-15; comp. Deuteronomy:33:18-19).
ISSACHAR @ - (reward). I. The ninth son of Jacob and the fifth of Leah. Genesis:30:17-18) (B.C. 1753-45) At the descent into Egypt four sons are ascribed to him, who founded the four chief families of the tribes. Genesis:46:13; Numbers:26:23-25; 1Chronicles:7:1) The number of the fighting men of Issachar, when taken in the census at Sinai, was 54,400. During the journey they seem to have steadily increased. The allotment of Issachar lay above that of Manasseh. Joshua:19:17-23) In the words of Josephus, "it extended in length from Carmel to the Jordan, in breadth to Mount Tabor." This territory was, as it still is, among the richest land in Palestine. It is this aspect of the territory of Issachar which appears to be alluded to in the blessing of Jacob. A Korhite Levite, one of the door-keepers of the house of Jehovah, seventh son of Obed-edom. ( 1Chronicles:26:5)