(One of Israel's 12 sons ~ The last Born)
BENJAMIN; the youngest of the 12.. His tribe was nearly annihilated in the Israelite tribal civil war found in Judges, chapter 20.. BUT rising from his tribe, came, Saul (mka Paul) - the writer of over half of the New Testament. Of all the bros, Benjamin was the most looked out for by Israel; for he was the babe of the family. So sheltered?? FoSho!! And with GOOD REASON; after the fate of his brother, Joseph! It was also through Benjamin; that his brother, Joseph, would test his brothers to see if they would betray Benjamin; as they did him.. And Judah proved loyal!! PERSONALLY; I think this is where God restored Judah to the firstborn, for the evils of Simeon & Levi.. AGAIN, just IMO..
~ That said, & without further ado, BENJAMIN's story~
BENJAMIN; (Hebrew: בנימין), [meaning; "Son of the right side", or, “Son of My Days,”] was born in 5779 BC, in the Land of Canaan.. Near Bethlehem, Israel. He was originally named "Benoni", by Rachel; due to her great labor pangs & her feeling her soul leaving her upon him being birthed... Since Benoni was a name describing the PAIN to Rachel's dying just after she had given birth. It means "son of my pain".. He was renamed "Benjamin" by Israel, (aka Jacob), his father. The last in the line of 12 sons bore to Jacob.. And the 2nd (and last), of Rachel.. As after his 'rough' birth, Rachel died. So - the place of Rachel's burial - was ALSO the place of Benjamin's birth!
ACCORDING to Wiki; Unusually for one of the 12 tribes of Israel, the Bible does not explain the etymology of Benjamin's name.
From Genesis; we can surmise that Benjamin was a VERY loyal, & GOOD son to Israel (aka Jacob.) A quiet child; and well mannered; having a GREAT desire to please his dad. He grew up in the Land of Canaan, in Shechem..
According to Genesis 46:21, Benjamin had ten sons: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. The name of his wife/wives are not given. However the Book of Jubilees calls his wife Ajisaka and the Book of Jasher mentions two wives Mechalia the daughter of Aram, and Aribath the daughter of Shomron.
RIP BENJAMIN!! Your tribe was indeed BLESSED to include, Paul!! Can't wait to meet you!!