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Bibil Identifier bibil:247274
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) 'Sit At My Right Hand'
Title (English, ) The Chronicler's Portrait of the Tribe of Benjamin in the Social Context of Yehud
Author Giffone, Benjamin D.
Series Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (Volume: 628)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 40214
Place 221.08
Publishing house Bloomsbury
Place London et al.
ISBN 978-0-56766-731-1
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xviii Pages
270 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Benjamin is portrayed in Chronicles differently from how he is portrayed in the Deuteronomic History. In the latter, Benjamin's relation to Judah is shown as varied and complex, incorporating both highs and lows. The Chronicler, by contrast, smooths over these difficulties by emphasizing the historically close relationship between the two tribes.
Benjamin D. Giffone sees in this evidence that the Judah-Benjamin relationship reflects the socio-political situation of late Persian Yehud, in which the relatively poor Jerusalem cult struggled to maintain material support from landed nobility in the region. Material evidence shows that the historically Benjaminite regions prospered during the Neo-Babylonian and early Persian periods. The Jerusalem cult competed with cultic locations known for their alliances with either Benjamin or Joseph for the support of wealthier landowners. It is within the context of this struggle for support that the Chronicler rewrote Israel's narrative - partly to garner Benjaminite support. Giffone synthesizes observations that are literary and historical to reveal a literary phenomenon - the differing portraits of Benjamin - and situate this within the historical context of Persian Yehud. In so doing, Giffone offers a new understanding of Yehud during this period, and elaborates an important motif in these two sections of the Hebrew Bible.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Chronicles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Benjamin (Son of Jacob)
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