Notes for Benjamin:
His name in Hebrew is: בנימין Binyâmîyn (bin-yaw-mene’) Strongs #: 1144; son of (the)
right hand. His name in Greek is: Βενιαμίν Bĕniamin (ben-ee-am-een’) Strongs #:
Jacob, Benjamin’s father was 100 years old when, Benjamin was born. However, Benjamin
never got to know his mother, Rachel since she died giving birth to him.
Before Rachel died, she desired to call the child, Benoni which means “the son of
my sorrow.” At this Jacob refused and called his new son, Benjamin. (1)
At the age of 5, his older half-brothers and his father went to battle against several
cities of the Canaanites. Benjamin and his older brother Joseph did not go to the
battle since they were too young. (2)
When Benjamin was 8, his father Jacob sent his older brother Joseph to Shechem to
check on his older half-brothers, but Benjamin never saw Joseph again until he was
30. (3) At the age of 10, Jacob chose a wife for Benjamin who happened to be Benjamin’s
half-2nd cousin (once removed). Then, Benjamin chose a wife for himself eight years
later whose name was Aribath. (4)
When Benjamin was 29, his older half-brothers went into Egypt to buy corn because
of the famine that was in the land. Benjamin did not go with them since Jacob thought
some accident might happen to him. (5)
Upon the brothers’ return from Egypt they mentioned that on their next trip to Egypt
that Benjamin had to go with them. Jacob did not like hearing this! (6) When it
came time for the next trip to go into Egypt, Benjamin went with them, and arrived
before Zaphnathpaaneah the vizier (or governor) of Egypt.
The vizier invited Benjamin and his half-brothers to have supper with him, but Benjamin
was to sit upon the vizier’s throne with the vizier. Gifts were given to Benjamin;
even from the vizier’s wife and two sons.
During supper, Benjamin’s portion of food was five times greater than the others.
While Benjamin sat upon the vizier’s throne, the vizier brought out a map of the
stars and an instrument and the vizier asked Benjamin if he knew what it was and
if he knew how to use it.
“Can you use this to find your brother Joseph?” the vizier queried.
Benjamin was knowledgeable in what was presented to him, and he took the instrument
(an Egyptian astrolabe?) and viewed through it to the map of the stars, and upon
dividing the whole land of Egypt with the instrument he came to a startling discovery.
“My brother Joseph sits on the throne with me,” Benjamin wondered aloud.
“I am Joseph,” the vizier replied “but don’t tell it to your brothers.” Joseph the
Vizier continued explaining his plans to see if the brothers had repented of what
they had done to him over twenty years prior. (8) ***
Benjamin and his brothers did not get far when they left for home when an officer
from the vizier rode up to them claiming that the vizier’s cup was stolen and the
blame was put on them.
The brothers couldn’t believe that either one of them could perform the act of theft.
“Whoever has the cup shall die, and the rest shall be slaves.” Thus was the brothers’
However, the cup ended up being found in Benjamin’s corn sack.
Benjamin had to return back to the vizier’s house and then Benjamin was taken by
force from his half-brothers. Naturally, Benjamin wasn’t concerned since he knew
who the vizier was, but he may have gotten concerned that his brothers were going
to tear the whole land of Egypt apart just to get Benjamin back into their care.
Eventually, the vizier saw that his brothers’ actions were more than boastful talk,
so the vizier revealed his identity to his brothers. (9)
Now that Joseph was “found,” Benjamin and his half-brothers returned to Canaan only
to bring Jacob back down to Egypt. (10)
Seventeen years later, when Benjamin was 47, his father died and requested to be
buried in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short
time while by Benjamin’s Uncle Esau. (11)
Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites
in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt. Having captive Edomites
in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so
war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites
ended up losing the battle the third time. (12)
Benjamin is the only son of Jacob in which Jasher fails to give his age at death,
although it is known that he did die in Egypt.
An instrument of what was described of what Benjamin used may be called witchcraft,
which is what all Hebrews were to refrain from delving into.
What is misunderstood about Egyptian technology is that it was more advanced than
what “modern” society gives them credit for.
It is well known in American history that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity
and Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. On the contrary, Franklin and Edison
only re-discovered and re-invented electricity and the light bulb since Hieroglyphs
of Egypt show priests with a large light-bulb-looking device which is known as the
“Denderah light bulb.”
If it looks as though Joseph and Benjamin had delved into some forbidden magic and
witchcraft, we must understand that there are some sciences that we “modern” people
may not understand. We may not be as modern as what we think we are.
Nikola Tesla was called a wizard although he did not perform any feats of magic;
it was that his understanding of science in electricity was greater than what the
greater population understood. Tesla made an automobile run off the electricity
in the air, but this feat scared people to the point that he had to dismantle the
car to where he could never run it again.
With that said, did Joseph and Benjamin delve into astrology and magic? My answer
is no, it is all part of science but I certainly would love to see the map and instrument
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR BENJAMIN:
The descendants for Benjamin is a little confusing as Genesis gives out a different
genealogy than Numbers and I Chronicles. Listed in this genealogy is only the sons
mentioned in Genesis 46:21. Below is a table of the listings of Benjamin's sons
in all three books.
I CHRONICLES 7:6
I CHRONICLES 8:1
More About Benjamin:
Burial: 1387BC in Jerusalem, Canaan