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Benjamin

[Heb.,=son of fortune], younger son of Jacob and Rachel, eponymous ancestor of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. His mother, dying, named him Benoni (bĕnō`nī) [Heb.,=son of my sorrow]. According to the Book of Joshua, the tribe of Benjamin was allotted the plateau of E central Palestine lying W of the Jordan between Jerusalem and Bethel. The tribespeople were famous archers. It has been argued that the account in Joshua relates the conquest of Canaan from the point of view of the Benjamite clans. This tradition was later expanded to present a pan-Israelite conquest account. The name survived in the High Gate of Benjamin of the Temple at Jerusalem. The Bible attests that Saul and Paul were of the tribe of Benjamin.

Benjamin

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1. Arthur. 1893--1960, Australian composer. In addition to Jamaican Rumba (1938), he wrote five operas and a harmonica concerto (1953)
2. Walter . 1892--1940, German critic and cultural theorist

Benjamin

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Old Testament
a. the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 35:16--18; 42:4)
b. the tribe descended from this patriarch
c. the territory of this tribe, northwest of the Dead Sea
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I’ve often heard of that Bay of State,” said Benjamin, “but can’t say that I’ve ever been in it, nor do I know exactly whereaway it is that it lays; but I suppose there is good anchorage in it, and that it’s no bad place for the taking of ling; but for size it can’t be so much as a yawl to a sloop of war compared with the Bay of Biscay, or, mayhap, Torbay.
For that matter, Mistress Remarkable,” said Benjamin, “there’s none here who will contradict you; for I’m of opinion that it would be as easy to stop a hurricane with a Barcelony handkerchy as to bring up your tongue when the stopper is off.
said Remarkable, rising with great indignation, and seizing a candle; “you’re groggy now, Benjamin and I’ll quit the room before I hear any misbecoming words from you.
cried Benjamin fiercely, rising and making a movement toward Remarkable.
Benjamin so far rallied his confused faculties as to shape the course of the two former to their respective apartments, when he disappeared himself, leaving the task of securing the house to him who was most interested in its safety.
But at least Benjamin makes use of the words "Korper" or "Leib": Britt makes no effort to find Benjamins equivalent word or constellation of words for "agency," making the term's applicability to Benjamin's work all the more suspect.
With the recent explosion of interest in Walter Benjamin and religion over the past ten years or so, it was perhaps inevitable that a book would be published that brought the much bandied-about term "postsecular" into close contact with the name Walter Benjamin.
Zur Rezeption Benjamins durch die Studentenbewegung," in Literature und udentenbewegungen, ed.
This article considers Walter Benjamin's 1931 essay on Karl Kraus and explores how Benjamin uses kraus (who was Theodor Lessing's classical example of a self-hating Jew) to explain how Jewish theology can be transformed into secular Jewish cultural identity through quotation.
Walter Benjamins Archive: Bilder, Texte und Zeichen (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2006), 30.
An occasional burst of visual inventiveness livens up the standard-issue crime comedy antics in ``All About the Benjamins.
Transtextualitat und Figuraldeutung in Walter Benjamins Geschichtsdenken," but his treatment of it is only part of a larger argument.