How the tribe of Benjamin after the concubine incident went from being a wiped out people, to producing Saul as a warlord and unifying all Israel? It seems almost as if the davidic scribe of the Tannakh is trying to slander Benjamin/Saul by intentionally saying benjamites were homosexuals and rapists in the book of judges. I understand from a literary point of view, Saul being propped up by Samuel, but politically and militarily Saul would need his tribe and his soldiers for everything, and neither the unification or the war against philistines wouldn't be led by the warlord of a decimated tribe.

  • Are you asking how Binyamin was able to come back and produce such a strong king? I’m not sure where “davidic scribe of Tanach” comes from - Jewish tradition says that Shmuel wrote his own Book (completed by Gad and Nassan after Shmuel’s death) and the Book of Judges. None of those people are Davidic in the slightest.
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    Why did this get a -4? If you’re not aware of the tradition I cite in my answer, this is an excellent question.
    – DonielF
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 21:50
  • The description of pilegesh begivah does not call the tribe of Benjamin homosexuals and rapists. It says that there were some individuals who raped a woman so that she died and that the tribes became so irrationally incensed that they did not try the perpetrators properly. In fact, bothe sides are castigated for acting improperly. Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 22:39

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Rashi (to Judges 17:1) notes that the final two stories of the Book of Judges actually took place chronologically at the beginning of the Book. He notes that the Idol of Micah was said to be around the entire span of the Tabernacle at Shiloh (Judges 18:31), and likewise the concubine at Gibeah, the story which you reference, occurred before Jerusalem was conquered (Judges 19:12). So the Benjaminites had close to 400 years to recoup their losses, as follows:

The Temple was completed 480 years after the Exodus (I Kings 6:1). Subtracting out the 40 years in the desert, it comes out that the Tabernacle was in the land of Israel for 440 years. Since Solomon was in his fourth year at the construction of the Temple, and David had previously ruled for 40 years, following 2 years of Saul’s rule, it comes out that the Jews were in Israel for 392 years before Saul’s rule, including the period during which the land was conquered and divided.

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