Bible Cartoon: Numbers 13 - Spies explore Canaan - Scene 01 - 12 spies

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Bible Book: Numbers
Bible Book Code: 0401300101
Scene no: 1 of 1

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Numbers 13:1-20 (ANIV)
The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”
So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites.
These are their names:
from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zaccur;
from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori;
from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
from the tribe of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph;
from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun;
from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu;
from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi;
from the tribe of Manasseh (a tribe of Joseph), Gaddi son of Susi;
from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemalli;
from the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael;
from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi;
from the tribe of Gad, Geuel son of Maki.
These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.)

When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)


No time of day is mentioned in the Bible verses above. I imagine this scene would occur early in the day.

Diffused sunlight from above & left lights this scene.

The 12 men are listed above. See image below for there identification in the cartoon.

Although I drew this scene in pen & ink in March 2014, I have only just coloured it up & finished it in May 2016!

I decided to use the 12 Hebrew tribes colour schemes I devised in Feb 2011 as the basis of the clothing colours for the 12 men in this scene. Each man is a representative of his particular tribe, so it made sense to me to use the tribal banner colours in their various robes, turbans & clothing.

Numbers 13 - Spies explore Canaan Who's who
Numbers 13 – Spies explore Canaan Who’s who

Follow this link to see the to read the article which describes how I designed the 12 tribal banners on the BC Encyclopaedia page:
Jacob’s sons & their tribal banners