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).
Thus, in Esther 2:5, Mordechai is identified both as a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and a Benjaminite
at the earliest, as part of the Jerusalemite supercessionism of Benjaminite
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
Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite
from Bahurim, is also with you.
There were two cities of Sippar, the one is followed by the tribal name Amnanum, the other by Yahrurum; a new example is Zarri, a city name that can be followed by the Benjaminite
tribal names Amnanum, Yahurrum, or Rabbium (Amurru 3 : 232, cf.
The History of the Benjaminite
Region under Babylonian Rule.
Pre-monarchic labels, such as Benjaminite
, continued" (p.
Among them, Parrot imagined, were Benjaminite
chieftains, kin to Terah and Abraham, in transit toward Haran (p.
100, Deir el-Azhar), all of them clustered in the southern part of the Benjaminite