And now, to give you the secret I have owned unto myself for twenty two years.
When Rachel the wife of Jacob, could not born her husband a son, she intercepted, or, bid Jacob’s son, Reuben to bring her a mandrake root. Either Rachel made a son from the mandrake, or, took this hallucinate with her husband’s eldest son, Reuben, and thus he conceived Benjamin, a name that means “son of my shame”
Reuben is the shameful son who did a shameful and forbidden thing. This could be another attempt to denigrate the tribe of Benjamin, that was a victim of genocide by the tribe of Judah. However, the tribe of Benjamin is redeemed, and joined to the Judah family tree via two sons of Saul – I will not name for the time being. Many biblical scholars have concluded David is an invented character, but, no scholar has discovered…
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