Number 12 in the Bible

Number 12 in the Bible

The 12 Sons of Jacob

Jacob was the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham.

He was the twin brother of Esau.

Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel.

He loved Rachel the most.

Jacob had twelve sons and one daughter. The name of his daughter was Dinah and her mother was Leah.

The twelve sons of Jacob would become the ancestors of the well-known Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Genesis Chapter 29-30 and Chapter 35


Son Mother
Ruben Leah
Simeon Leah
Levi Leah
Judah Leah
Dan Bilhah(Rachel’s maid)
Naphtali Bilhah(Rachel’s maid)
Gad Zilpath(Leah’s maid)
Asher Zilpath(Leah’s maid)
Issachar Leah
Zebulun Leah
Josef Rachel
Benjamin  Rachel – Rachel died during childbirth

12 sons of Jacob








Painting of Jacob and Rachel by William Dyce 1806 – 1864

Twelve Pillars – Twelve Tribes

“And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.” Exodus 24:4


The 12 Sons of Ishmael

12 sons of IshmaelIshmael was the first born son of Abraham. Abraham was married to Sarah. The mother of Ishmael was Hagar, she was Sarah’s maid.

Later Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Sarah then demanded that Abraham should cast out Hagar and her son, Ishmael. Abraham sent them away.

Hagar and Ishmael ran out of water in the desert. When Hagar thought they were dying, God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. Genesis Chapter 21.

Ishmael had twelve sons who became princes according to their tribes. They dwelt from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. Genesis 25:12-18

The Twelve Sons of Ishmael:

Nebaioth  Kedar  Adbeel  Mibsam Mishma  Dumah 
Massa  Hadad  Tema Jetur Naphish  Kedemah 


The story of Ismael and Hagar has an important role in Islam. Muslims will drink from the Zam Zam well (near Mecca) in memory of Hagar. See Number 7 in Islam


Jesus was twelve years old when he went to Jerusalem with his parents to celebrate the feast of Passover. His parents lost him and searched for three days.

They found him in the temple among the teachers. All who heard the twelve year old boy were astonished. Luke 2:41-52


The 12 Apostles of Jesus

number 12 in the biblePeter (birth name: Simon)

Andrew (brother of Simon/Peter)

James (son of Zebedee)

John (brother of James)





James (son of Alphaeus)


Simon of Zealot

Judas Iscariot

“The Twelve Apostles” from the Siysky Gospel – 1339

Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus and killed himself.

Matthias became one of the twelve after Judas was gone.


Twelve years of blood

“And a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years and could not be healed by any one, came up behind him (Jesus), and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased.” Luke 8:43


The 12 stars of the crown

The twelve stars of the crown on the women in Revelation 12:1 is the foundation for the design of the European Union flag.

The 12 Gates of Jerusalem

“It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed;

on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.

 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

Revelation 21:12-14″..through the middle of the street of the city, also on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit yielding its fruit every month..” Revelation 22:2

Mary Magdalene is mentioned by name twelve times in the Bible.

1.      “among who were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee” Matthew 27:56


2.      “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulcher.” Matthew 27:61

 3.      “Now after the Sabbath, towards the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulcher.” Matthew 28:1

4.      “There were also women looking from afar, among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.” Mark 15:40

5.      “Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.” Mark 15:47

6.      “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that them might go and anoint him.” Mark 16:1

7.      “Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.” Mark 16:9

8.      “and some of the women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,” Luke 8:2

9.      “Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles;” Luke 24:10

10.  “So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” John 19:25

11.  “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” John 20:1

12.  “Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:18


  1. 3 is in the bible symbolic of perfection. 7 is the number of God while 6 is the number of man. 4 represents the earth (the ancients believed that there was 4 elements in relation to the earth fire, water, wind, and earth; 4 main directions of the compass east, west, north, south) from this we see the relationship with other numbers used in the bible 4 + 3 = 7, 4 * 3 = 12. this may be coincidence but due to the fact the ancients where by all evidence of much greater intellect then ourselves i dont believe it is so.

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