Sit At My Right Hand: The Chronicler’s Portrait of the Tribe of Benjamin in the Social Context of Yehud. LHBOTS 628. London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016. ISBN: 978-0567667311.
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For this monograph I was a recipient of the 2021 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, awarded by the Forschungszentrum Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie at the University of Heidelberg.
Praise for ‘Sit At My Right Hand’:
“The author’s cautious conclusions—that the Chronicler was arguing (in contrast to some other biblical passages) that Benjamin was always a ‘right hand’ to Judah and had always supported the dynasty of David and the cult site of Jerusalem—seem well supported. His discussion also helps to explain how Benjaminites could call themselves ‘Jews/Judaeans’ while also maintaining their own identity (as, for example, the Apostle Paul did).”Lester L. Grabbe, The Expository Times
“A plausible case for a historical background that fits Chronicles’ references and nonreferences to Benjamin, one that future scholarship will have to take into account.”Leslie C. Allen, Review of Biblical Literature
“A thorough study of Benjamin in Chronicles, and a useful overview of Benjamin elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible … A very welcome contribution to the field.”Cat Quine, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
“Overall, Giffone’s book provides a necessary and welcome contribution to the lacunae of studies on the tribe of Benjamin.”Brendan Youngberg, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures