13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

Any map of Israel will show Zebulun entirely landlocked, not part of any coastal region. However, it rests inside of a column of land that is sandwiched by the Sea of Galilee to the East and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. Thus, it would have been well-positioned to become a sea-faring epicenter. It could have easily specialized in inter-Israelite travel through the Sea of Galilee and international trade through the Mediterranean.

Admittedly we never receive any later confirmation that Zebulun did indeed become a “haven of the sea,” but presumably they were the center of maritime trade that Jacob envisioned. And as we will see as we continue to review each tribe’s blessing, several of them have specializations within the whole, just like this.

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