The sons of Benjamin return (1 Chr 9:7-9:9)

“Some of the Benjaminites, Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah, with Ibneiah son of Jeroham, Elah son of Uzzi, son of Michri, with Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah returned to Jerusalem.  Along with all their kinsmen according to their generations, there were nine hundred fifty-six. All these were heads of ancestral houses according to their ancestral houses.”

Some of the Benjaminites were returning. There was another Levite Sallu, but this Sallu was the son of Meshullam. Although there were over 21 people with the name of Meshullam, 3 of them were Benjaminites. There are 2 others with the name of Hodaviah, while there was 1 other person with the name of Hassenuah. Although this is the only mention of Ibneiah, his father Jeroham may have been the one mentioned in the previous chapter as a chief of Jerusalem with 6 sons. There were 6 different people with the name of Elah including a King of Israel (886-885 BCE). There were 5 people with the name of Uzzi. Michri and Ibnijah only appear here. There were 9 people with the name of Shephatiah, but only 3 people with the name of Reuel. There were 960 Benjaminites who returned to Jerusalem with their families. These were mostly the chiefs of the families.

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