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Wayne L Owens | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Dec 27 2010 11:18 AM

is there a chart that shows what tribe each stone in the *** plate represents?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 27 2010 12:24 PM

Hi Wayne

I'm not sure we know which stone represented which tribe.

I did a basic search for "stone NEAR breastplate" and came up with a number of results including "Easton's Bible Dictionary". 

This referred to Exodus 28 and 39 and looking at those passages we see the list of stones (28:17-21 & 39:10-14) and the fact that they will be inscribed but nothing which shows which stones relate to which tribe.


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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 27 2010 12:46 PM

I suspect that one would need to look in the Talmud and related literature to find a traditional answer.

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 27 2010 1:16 PM

This isn't exactly a Logos resource; it's a let's-build-the-3rd-Temple-now-Jewish website, but their list is as follows:

  1. Ruby - Reuben - Red
  2. Jade - Shimon - Green
  3. Agate - Levi - Red, White, and Black Striped
  4. Carbuncle - Judah - Bluish-Green
  5. Lapis-Lazuli - Issachar - Blue
  6. Quartz Crystal - Zebulun - Clear
  7. Turquoise - Dan - Blue
  8. Amethyst - Naftali - Purple
  9. Agate - Gad - Grey
  10. Aquamarine - Asher - Blue-Green
  11. Onyx - Joseph - Black
  12. Opal - Benjamin - A Stone Possessing All the Colors

I have no idea how correct they are -- there's probably a whole bunch of Jewish opinions on this -- but at least they take these details extremely seriously. If you're ever in Jerusalem, and don't mind the political implications, you can go and look at all the Temple vessels, clothes and so on that they've reproduced to the best of their ability, in the hope of being able to use them soon. (And if you're not in Jerusalem you can probably find images of most of it on that website.)

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