If I Ever Forget You, Benjamin...
The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott
James S. Anderson [+]
University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
James S. Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and serves as Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. His books include Monotheism and Yahweh’s Appropriation of Baal (T&T Clark, 2015), Manifesting Peace: 12 Principles for Cultivating Peace, Healing & Wellness Distilled from the World’s Spiritual Traditions and Psychology (Wipf and Stock, 2019) and Extolling Yeshua (Wipf and Stock, 2019).
Philippe Guillaume [+]
University of Berne
Philippe Guillaume is Lecturer at the University of Berne. His latest publications are A History of Biblical Israel co-authored with Ernst Axel Knauf (Equinox, 2016) and Deuteronomy in the Making, Studies in the Production of Debarim, edited with Diana Edelman, Benedetta Rossi and Kåre Berge (De Gruyter, 2021).
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.