Benjamin


Benjamin
/ben"jeuh meuhn/, n.
1. the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, and the brother of Joseph. Gen. 35:18.
2. one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel traditionally descended from him.
3. Asher, 1773-1845, U.S. architect and writer.
4. Judah Philip, 1811-84, Confederate statesman.
5. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "son of the right."

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(as used in expressions)
Banneker Benjamin
Benjamin Judah Philip
Benjamin Walter
Benjamin Kubelsky
Bloch Marc Léopold Benjamin
Bradlee Benjamin Crowninshield
Britten of Aldeburgh Edward Benjamin Britten Baron
Butler Benjamin Franklin
Cardozo Benjamin Nathan
Constant de Rebecque Henri Benjamin
Davis Benjamin Oliver Jr.
Disraeli Benjamin earl of Beaconsfield
Franklin Benjamin
Benjamin David Goodman
Henry Benjamin Greenberg
Harrison Benjamin
William Benjamin Hogan
Huntsman Benjamin
Jonson Benjamin
Latrobe Benjamin Henry
Lincoln Benjamin
Lundy Benjamin
Norris Benjamin Franklin
Rush Benjamin
Shahn Benjamin
Benjamin Siegel
Spock Benjamin McLane
Tillman Benjamin Ryan
Tracy Benjamin Franklin
Wade Benjamin Franklin
Webster Benjamin Francis
Benjamin Franklin Wedekind
West Benjamin
Whorf Benjamin Lee

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▪ Hebrew tribe
      according to biblical tradition, one of the 12 tribes that constituted the people of Israel, and one of the two tribes (along with Judah) that later became the Jewish (Judaism) people. The tribe was named after the younger of two children born to Jacob (also called Israel) and his second wife, Rachel.

      After the death of Moses, Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land and, dividing the territory among the 12 tribes, assigned south-central Palestine to the tribe of Benjamin. Members of the tribe were separated when two distinct kingdoms were established after the death of King Solomon (Solomon) (922 BC) and the territory of Benjamin was divided between them. Jews belonging to the 10 tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel disappeared from history after the Assyrian conquest of 721 BC and are known in legend as the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Benjaminites in the southern kingdom of Judah were assimilated by the more powerful tribe of Judah and gradually lost their identity. Modern Jews thus consider themselves to be descendants of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin or are classed as Levites to indicate an affinity with the religious functionaries who at one time exercised the priesthood in ancient Israel. Saul, the first of Israel's kings, and St. Paul the Apostle were both of the tribe of Benjamin.

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