Isaiah's Towns

Isaiah 10 talks about a list of places the Assyrian army went in route to Jerusalem where they were finally defeated by the angel of god. There are 13 places they made it to, before being turned back.

28They enter Aiath; they pass through Migron; they store supplies at Micmash. 29They go over the pass, and say, "We will camp overnight at Geba." Ramah trembles; Gibeah of Saul flees. 30Cry out, O Daughter of Gallim! Listen, O Laishah! Poor Anathoth! 31Madmenah is in flight; the people of Gebim take cover. 32This day they will halt at Nob; they will shake their fist at the mount of the Daughter of Zion, at the hill of Jerusalem. (Isaiah 10:28-32 NIV)


Tribe Town
Judah Aiath
Reuben Migron
Gad Micmash
Asher Geba
Naphtali Beth Bethan
Manasseh Ramah
Simeon Gibeah of Saul
Levi Gallim
Issachar Laishah
Zebulun Anathoth
Joseph Madmenah
Benjamin Gebim
Dan Nob


Some translations only have 12 names in the list. This is due to translating "Beth Bethan" as the phrase "we will camp overnight" or something similar. Obviously, for this map to work, there need to be 13 names.

The places named in the list do not correspond to the historical territories of the tribes. Multiple names are from Benjamin's territory for example. So the point of this map is to say something other than what a study of the places in the territories would tell us.

The meaning of this map is not clear to me, but I'll leave the page around as something to ponder and study for awhile.

One aspect of this list I do understand is the idea that all 13 tribes were taken in the Assyrian campaign. Often people think only the northern 10 tribes were taken. Second Kings is explicit that all the fortified cities of the southern kingdom were also overthrown and only Jerusalem and the "remnant" inside its walls survived. This is in fact the force of this passage is Isaiah as well. The Assyrians marched where they wanted until they came to Jerusalem, where they were finally turned back. To reinforce that all 13 tribes were taken, other than a remnant from some of the tribes in the southern kingdom, Isaiah gives us 13 place names.