Benjamin


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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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Little Benjamin took one look, and then, in half a minute less than no time, he hid himself and Peter and the onions underneath a large basket.
I cannot draw you a picture of Peter and Benjamin underneath the basket, because it was quite dark, and because the smell of onions was fearful; it made Peter Rabbit and little Benjamin cry.
Benjamin Bunny prancing along the top of the wall of the upper terrace.
Then he came back to the basket and took out his son Benjamin by the ears, and whipped him with the little switch.
“Do tell!” exclaimed Remarkable; “and does the sea run as high as mountains, Benjamin?”
and wa’n’t you afeard, Benjamin? and how did you get off?”
but, Benjamin,” cried the listener, who was in an ecstasy of astonishment at this relation of the steward’s dangers, “what did you do?”
“I wonder, now!” exclaimed Remarkable, to whom most of the terms used by Benjamin were perfectly unintelligible, but who had got a confused idea of a raging tempest.
“How you talk, Benjamin! there’s no believing a word you say.
“Talk decent, Benjamin,” said the housekeeper, “Or I won’t keep your company.
“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.
and I shan’t do sitch a thing, Benjamin. This treatment is a newity to me, and what I won’t put up with.