Benjamin (Ben´juh-muhn; Heb., “son of the right hand”)

Jacob’s last son, born after his return from Mesopotamia. Benjamin was named Ben-oni (Heb., “son of my suffering”) by his mother, Rachel, who died in childbirth, although Jacob preferred “Benjamin” (Gen 35:18). He is mentioned often in association with Joseph, his only full brother. The tribe of Benjamin occupied the central ridge between Jerusalem and Bethel (Josh 18:11-20); an atrocity in the territory created friction with other Israelite tribes (Judg 19-21). The judge Ehud came from the tribe of Benjamin, as did Saul, Israel’s first king. In the NT, the apostle Paul (also known as Saul) was from the tribe of Benjamin (Phil 3:5).

Gen 35:18

18As her soul was departing (for she died), she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

Josh 18:11-20

The Territory of Benjamin
11The lot of the tribe of Benjamin according to its families came up, and the territory allotted to it fell between the tribe of Judah ... View more

Judg 19-21

The Levite's Concubine
1In those days, when there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite, residing in the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, took to ... View more

Phil 3:5

5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;

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