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Book: The Hunt for Ancient Israel

Chapter: If I Ever Forget You, Benjamin...

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41649


Diana Edelman devoted much attention to Benjamin. Philip Davies, Diana’s long time Sheffield colleague, elaborated the hypothesis of a Benjaminite prototype for the two biblical historiographies. This article deconstructs various rebuttals to Davies’ Benjaminite History of Israel that use Josiah’s reform to trump a Benjaminite prototype. Given the historical problems relative to Josiah, we conclude that a Benjaminite subtext for Joshua–Kings and for Chronicles remains a persuasive hypothesis. We suggest some additional episodes from the Book of Judges to those identified by Davies as part of the Benjaminite prototype.

Chapter Contributors

  • James Anderson ( - Jamesanderson) 'University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas'
  • Philippe Guillaume ( - pguillaume) 'University of Berne'