The tribe of Benjamin (Ezek 48:23-48:23)

“The rest of the tribes

Includes Benjamin.

From the east side

To the west side,

Benjamin shall have

one portion.”

Unlike in Joshua, chapter 18, the territory of Benjamin does not have any details of where it would be. Obviously, the old Benjamin was north of Judah and south of Ephraim. Here it simply is one portion from the east to the west side, without any further explanation. Somehow, it had been reduced in value.

The tribe of Benjamin (Josh 18:11-18:20)

“The lot of the tribe of Benjamin according to its families came up. The territory allotted to it fell between the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Joseph. On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan. Then the boundary goes up to the slope of Jericho on the north, then up through the hill country westward. It ends at the wilderness of Beth-aven. From there the boundary passes along southward in the direction of Luz, to the slope of Luz, which is Bethel. Then the boundary goes down to Ataroth-addar, on the mountain that lies south of Lower Beth-horon. Then the boundary goes in another direction, turning on the western side southward from the mountain that lies to the south, opposite Beth-horon. It ends at Kiriath-baal, which is Kiriath-jearim, a town belonging to the tribe of Judah. This forms the western side. The southern side begins at the outskirts of Kiriath-jearim. The boundary goes from there to Ephron, to the spring of the Waters of Nephtoah. Then the boundary goes down to the border of the mountain that overlooks the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is at the north end of the valley of Rephaim. It then goes down the valley of Hinnom, south of the slope of the Jebusites, and downward to En-rogel. Then it bends in a northerly direction going on to En-shemesh, and from there goes to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim. Then it goes down to the Stone of Bohan, Reuben’s son. Passing on to the north of the slope of Beth-arabah it goes down to the Arabah. Then the boundary passes on to the north of the slope of Beth-hoglah. The boundary ends at the northern bay of the Dead Sea, at the south end of the Jordan. This is the southern border. The Jordan forms its boundary on the eastern side. This is the inheritance of the tribe of Benjamin, according to its families, boundary by boundary all round.”

The land of Benjamin was between Judah and Ephraim, south of Shiloh. The lines are very clearly drawn like an expert land surveyor. It is hard to believe that they could have been this exact. Benjamin’s northern border runs through the towns of Jericho, Ai and Bethel. The western boundary does not go to the Great Mediterranean Sea. The Jordan River is its eastern boundary. The southern border with Judah includes the town of Jerusalem, the town of the Jebusites. Somehow Reuben’s son Bohan has some kind of memorial that is a territorial marker.