She attempts to sort out the reality behind the texts in regard to the Judahite, Benjaminite
, and Levite settlement in Persian and post-Persian Judah.
They are culturally assimilated (Mordecai --Marduk, Esther = Ishtar) and have little connection to Israel (except that Hainan is an Agagite, a bloodthirsty descendant of evil Amalek, and Mordecai is a Benjaminite
, like King Saul, in whose presence Samuel hacked Agag, king of the Amalekites, to pieces (1 Sam.
It made extensive use of biblical nomenclature: all in all it employed a set of characters of about one hundred dramatis personae, the majority of whom bore names such as Mordecai the Benjaminite
for Benjamin Franklin, Thomas the Gageite for Thomas Gage the military commander of Boston, or plain biblical names such as Joshua, Ehud son of Gera, and Jedidiah the priest.
Saul, too, comes from humble stock; when the prophet first honors him over everyone else, he says, in surprise: "But I am only a Benjaminite
, from the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my clan is the least of all the clans of the tribe" (1 Sam.
But such animosity between a Benjaminite
and an Amalekite certainly would not have justified the violation of a royal order (Esth 3:2).
Absalom's restoration was later followed by his revolt, and Abel Beth Ma'acah was saved in exchange for the life of Sheba the Benjaminite
Thus, in Esther 2:5, Mordechai is identified both as a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and a Benjaminite
Lerner states that her charge about women being interchangeable instruments of procreation is supported by the "stories of Lot in Sodom [Genesis 19] and of the origin of the Benjaminite
war [Judges 19]" (172).
See Jocullani, San Luis 1 Bolivar 1 Aikinite, ankerite, benjaminite
, berryite, bismuthinite, chalcopyrite, krupskaite, (*) payonite, pyrite, siderite Bolivar 2 See Antequera, El Salvador Bolivia Jamesonite Bolsa Negra Ferberite, scheelite, aka Nevada wolframite Cacachaca Chalcostibite.
The rhetorical strategy of the book is to be described as one of `entrapment': by the end of the series of deliverer stories the reader has already decided the nature of true leadership in terms of the fundamental need for covenantal integrity; in the double denouement this leadership is then identified as monarchic, and, insofar as both prologue and denouement promote Judah at the expense of Benjamin, the ideal leadership is that of a Judean king (David) rather than a Benjaminite
At first, the people complain that Saul is too young and inexperienced to be their king, but after the young Benjaminite
leads a successful military campaign against a powerful enemy, the Israelite crowd publicly and unanimously ratifies Samuel's anointing and initiates the monarchy that would govern Israel, albeit in divided Houses, for the next four hundred years.
The approach of herem is again evident, as the men, women, and children of Jabesh-Gilead are all put to the sword (21:10-11), except for 400 virgins spared to be delivered as wives to the Benjaminite