I Chronicles 9:3
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3  while some of the Judahites and some of the Benjaminites and some of the Ephraimites and Manassehites settled in Yerushalayim;

u-vee-ru-sha-LA-im ya-sh’-VU min b’-NAY y’-hu-DAH u-min b’-NAY vin-ya-MIN u-min b’-NAY ef-RA-yim um-na-SHEH

ג  וּבִירוּשָׁלַ ִם יָשְׁבוּ מִן־בְּנֵי יְהוּדָה וּמִן־בְּנֵי בִנְיָמִן וּמִן־בְּנֵי אֶפְרַיִם וּמְנַשֶּׁה׃

 9:3   Menasheites settled in Yerushalayim

In Sefer Nechemya (chapter 11) we are told that the exiles who had returned from Babylonia drew lots to see which individuals would settle in Yerushalayim. Even though Yerushalayim did not belong to the territories of Ephraim and Menashe, it was important to have more people inhabiting the Holy City so that it would be secure and defensible. By bringing additional people to Yerushalayim, they also sought to fulfill the prophecy: “There shall yet be old men and women in the squares of Yerushalayim, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the squares of the city shall be crowded with boys and girls playing in the squares” (Zechariah 8:4-5). Perhaps the fact that these members of the tribe of Menashe inhabited the city together with people from other tribes reflects the opinion in the Talmud (Yoma 12a) that the city of Yerushalayim was not divided among the tribes. Rather, everyone has a claim to the holiest city on earth.

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  • Yes! I'd like to think that Jerusalem didn't have one 'owner' but that as the center of HaShem's presence it remained a city for all the tribes.

    Tell me, who was responsible for the keeping of the genealogies? It sounds as though each house/tribe was responsible for their own, but surely there must have been one who oversaw all.

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