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Gad, Son of Jacob

In the Old Testament, a son of Jacob and Zilpah (Gen. 30:10–11). His descendants became a tribe of Israel.

The tribe of Gad

For Jacob’s blessing on his son Gad, see Genesis 49:19. For Moses’ blessing on the tribe of Gad, see Deuteronomy 33:20–21. According to these blessings, Gad’s descendants were to be a warlike race. The lands allotted to them in the land of Canaan were east of the Jordan River and contained good pasture land with abundant water.