[b-hebrew] Benjamin

Dora Smith villandra at austin.rr.com
Sun Jul 4 14:25:46 EDT 2004

Uh-uh.   Far fewer tribes named Banu-yamin than people named Samuel.
Atleast an even chance it was a subgroup of the same tribal confederation.

Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra at austin.rr.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonathan D. Safren" <yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il>
To: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>; "b-hebrew"
<b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Benjamin

> Yigal Levin wrote:
> > I agree. Of course 18th century NW Semitic tribal (and other)
> is
> > useful for understanding biblical Hebrew. That BH is ultimately related
> > "Amorite" (that is, the NW Semitic dialects of "Amurru", including Mari)
> is
> > obvious. But Dora was making much more concrete connections, basically
> > claiming that the Bene Yamin of Mari WERE the ancestors of the Israelite
> > Benjaminites.
> >
> That's about as (im)probable as saying that OB Sumu'el is related to the
> prophet Samuel.

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