- Did they have any checks on marital assimilation? That is, were couples from different tribes discouraged or prohibited from intermarrying?
- Did they have any checks on cultural assimilation? In other words, was the tribal culture distinct enough to ensure that members only identified with their own tribe?
- Did they have any checks on structural assimilation? That is, did they regulate the permeability of the tribes?
- Did they have any checks on civic assimilation? That is, did tribes restrict participation in tribal governance to tribal members?
If anyone knows the answers to any of these sub-questions or can recommend a book on this subject then please let me know. I want to learn more about this. I currently have no idea how sub-distinctiveness in the ancient Israelite tribes worked.