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Monday, August 12 2019
A Bible Journey, 205: Benjamin's Jerusalem
"Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were ... and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem"
Benjamin was the younger full-brother of Joseph (see The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Rachel). Benjamin was the only Israelite tribal patriarch who was born in what became the land of Israel - all of the others, including his brother Joseph, were born in Syria (see The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Leah and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Bilhah and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Zilpah) or Egypt (see The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Asenath).
Benjamin's birth was tragic however; his mother Rachel died while giving birth to Benjamin (see The Rachel Prophecies). The death of Rachel was the basis for Jacob / Israel's later adoption of Joseph's sons Ephraim and Mansasseh - in effect promoting them to sons from grandsons (see A Bible Journey, 48: Ephraim and Manasseh).
Rachel's tomb remains a visible landmark in the land of Israel today, having been illustrated on official government banknotes and postage stamps.
With the heartland of Israel taken, as directed by and commanded by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) and the first tribal territories assigned (see A Bible Journey, 200: The Western Frontiers and A Bible Journey, 201: Caleb's Mountain and A Bible Journey, 202: What Part Of Israel Do Jews Own? and A Bible Journey, 203: The Border Of Ephraim and A Bible Journey, 204: The Only Tribe On Both Sides) the remainder of the tribal provinces of the Kingdom of Israel then progressed.
Shiloh was then the de-facto capital of the land of Israel i.e. "the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the Tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them. And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance" (see below)
"18:1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them. 18:2 And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance.
The tribal territory for Benjamin bordered on the north of what later became Jerusalem (see Biblical Eras: The City Of David - When Jerusalem Became An Israelite City) and the tribal territory of Judah to the south. It was that geopolitical position that was the prime factor that caused the people of Benjamin to become part of the Kingdom of Judah rather than part of the northern Kingdom of Israel after Israel divided into "Israel" and "Judah" in the era of King Solomon (see the Fact Finder question below). If they had chosen to go with Israel, the "lost ten tribes" would be the "lost eleven tribes." Instead, the Benjamites today are identified as "Jews" (see the Fact Finder below).
"18:11 And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up according to their families: and the coast of their lot came forth between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.
Fact Finder: How did the people of the tribe of Benjamin later become known as Jews? Why was it almost impossible for the people of Benjamin to become one of the "lost ten tribes"?
This Day In History
This Day In History, August 12
30 BC: Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, committed suicide (see The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt).
1099: During the First Crusade (see also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs), the Crusaders defeated the Egyptians at Ascalon on the "Palestine" coast (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also Where Is Palestine?).
1281: Kublai Khan's Mongolian fleet was destroyed by a typhoon (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons and Why "Red Sky At Night, Sailor's Delight"?) as it was nearing Japan (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog).
1332: The Battle of Dupplin Moor; Edward Baliol, king of Scotland, with the aid of Edward III defeated Donald, earl of Mar and regent for David II (who was 8 years old at the time).
1499: The naval Battle of Zonchio began between the Venetians and the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1450: During the Hundred Years War, the English surrendered Cherbourg, completing Charles VII's conquest of Normandy.
1508: Ponce de Leon arrived in Puerto Rico.
1759: The Russians under General Soltikov and the Austrians under General Landon defeated 40,000 Prussians under Frederick the Great at the Battle of Kunersdorf in the Seven Years War.
1762: The British captured Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.
1779: The Royal Navy defeated the Penobscot Expedition, resulting in the largest loss of US naval forces prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor over 160 years later - all 19 US warships sunk or run aground while attempting to escape the battle.
1813: Austria declared war against Napoleon.
1851: Isaac Singer received a patent for his "sewing machine."
1877: British explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley reached the mouth of the Congo River. Stanley is most famous for his "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" when he located the missing Scottish missionary Dr. David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika.
1896: Gold was discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. The news set off the "Yukon Gold Rush."
1898: The Spanish-U.S. war ended with the signing of a protocol by Spain and the U.S. Spain relinquished Cuba and ceded Puerto Rico.
1898: The Hawaiian flag was lowered from Iolani Palace in an annexation ceremony that marked the end of Hawaii as an independent nation.
1908: Henry Ford's first Model T rolled off the assembly line.
1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the first troops of the British Expeditionary Force crossed the English Channel for battle. In 10 days, 120,000 men were transported without loss of a single man or ship.
1944: Adolf Hitler's Nazi Waffen SS troops massacred about 560 people in Sant'Anna di Stazzema (see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Hitler's Doctors: The Shocking Origin Of Autism).
1944: Nazi German troops ended the week-long Wola massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people were killed indiscriminately or in mass executions (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1944: The first PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) supplying gasoline across the English Channel to the Allied forces in France, went into operation from the Isle of Wight. It could transfer up to 700 tons of gasoline a day.
1961: The erection of the Berlin Wall began.
1992: The U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to form a free-trade zone that would rank as the world's largest single trading bloc. The agreement was later dwarfed by the rise of China which flooded North America with made in China products, while at the same time China became the largest creditor of the soaring U.S. national debt i.e. in 2010, China became the major financial supporter of the technically-bankrupt U.S. government which was actually paying most of the billions of dollars of debt interest with even more borrowed money.