Apocrypha and New Testament, Aser (blessed ), the eighth son of Jacob, by Zilpah, Leahs handmaid. ( Genesis 30:13 ) (B.C. 1753.) The general position of his tribe was on the seashore from Carmel northward with Manasseh on the south, Zebulun and Issachar on the southeast, and Naphtali on the north-east. ( Joshua 19:24-31 ; Joshua 17:10 Joshua 17:11 ) and Judg 1:31,32 They possessed the maritime portion of the rich plain of Esdraelon;, probably for a distance of 8 or 10 miles from the shore. This territory contained some of the richest soil in all Palestine.