bs"D From what tribe was Avner, he was not fond of tribe of Yehuda. In book Shmuel, Avner said to Ish boshet, am leader to yehuda dogs.

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Samuel 1:14:51-52 indicates Avner's father Ner was the brother of King Saul's father Kish, both sons of Aviel. Chronicles 1:8:33 indicates Ner was Kish's father. Either way he was presumably a Benjaminite like King Saul.

  • Wikipedia cites an odd and obscure tradition that Avner actually was the child of a relationship between Noah's son Shem and his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson Abraham's daughter Bakol. If so I guess he's not from any tribe? And he lived to at least 1200 years old?
    – Double AA
    Commented May 10 at 1:09
  • ...and not Jewish?
    – AKA
    Commented May 10 at 3:57
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    @AKA If he converted at Har Sinai he could be Jewish. Although I think the best that could be said for that Medrash (not one of the accepted ones) is that it is metaphorical somehow.
    – N.T.
    Commented May 10 at 18:34

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