Archive | September, 2013

Issacharites or Topaz stones: One of the Teaching Tribes

7 Sep

Dear career or job seekers,

I’ve written an article for One Love Caribbean newspaper regarding Israel’s tribe of Issachar.  This article is part of a series that examines the 12 Tribes of Israel in order to examine their gifts and functions.  Jobseekers of today can possibly find direction by observing how these tribes approached their life purposes.

This is what I wrote for the September 2013 issue of the paper.

Of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, I have a favorite. It is the Tribe of Issachar that focuses upon teaching, building businesses, and studying astronomy.  I am a humanities professor, but I also understand business theories and processes.  My undergraduate degree was in business administration.  While I am not an avid astronomer, I do tend to symbolically look towards the heavens for answers to life’s questions. 

The other teaching tribe is the Naftalite tribe (Naftali).  Within a future article, I will examine this tribe of which I think our One Love Caribbean publisher, Professor Sylvanus Donaie, appears to be a member. 

The tribes are named for Reuben (described in the OLC August 2013 issue), Issachar, Zebulun, Gad, Asher, Joseph (divided amongst his sons – Ephraim and Manasseh), Dan, Naftali, Judah, Benjamin, Simeon, and Levi.  I’ve divided the twelve tribes into the categories of warriors (Reuben, Gad, Ephraim (Joseph’s son), Benjamin, Simeon), businesspeople (Zebulun, Manasseh (Joseph’s son), Judah) teachers (Issachar, Naftali), artists (Asher, Dan) and preachers (Levi). 

               Issachar is the ninth son of Jacob and Leah’s fifth son.  His name means, “reward or to hire for payment” (The Emblems of the 12 Tribes of Israel,  Jacob gives this description of Issachar, “Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down between two saddlebags.  When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labour” (Gen 49:14-15).  Regarding Issachar, Moses adds, “Rejoice […] Issachar, in your tents.  They will summon people to the mountain and there offer sacrifices of righteousness; they will feast […] on the treasures hidden in the sand” (Deut 33:18-19).  Job, Barak, and the judge Deborah are said to be descendants of Issachar IBeerepoot, 2013,

Because of these scriptures, the contributing writer of the article, “Choosing a Tribe:  The Characteristics of the 12 Tribes of Israel” lists these attributes of Issacharites:

Hardworking, great stamina

Down to earth

Good business acumen – able to make much of their hard work

Scholarly, academic, good student of Torah

Persuasive in argument, eager to make converts

Astronomers (

If you are not comfortable using a Judeo-Christian title to define yourself, try using the stone type that represents this tribe.  It is the topaz that is found on the biblical Aaron’s breastplate.  Think of the symbolism of the golden yellow color as you contemplate the intellect of the Issacharites. 

Based upon these definitions, I am definitely an Issacharite tribal member.  Is this tribe appealing to you?  If so, visit in order to see some possible purpose-driven careers that are linked to the Issachar tribe or Topaz stone traits.

 Dr. Daintee Jones


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