In several places, parsha vayigash refers to Benjamin as a youth (na-ar). But he must have been close to 30 years old since Joseph was at that time already in Egypt for about 20 years. Why is Benjamin referred to as a youth?

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    Note that Eliezer and Yishmael (who was 50 at the Akeidah) wrere referred to as na'ar when thet accompanied Avraham and Yitzchak to the Akeidah. Yehoshua was 40 at the Exodus and 80 when they arrived at Canaan and was referred to as a naar. – sabbahillel Dec 16 '18 at 1:51
  • Does this apply to Phinehas too, who is often referred to as a "youth" in commentaries, referring to when he killed the interfaith couple. That took place at the end of the Exodus and he's mentioned as a son of Eleazer before the start of the Exodus. – Cyn Dec 16 '18 at 2:43
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    @joshwaxman parsha.blogspot.com/2003/12/… – sam Dec 16 '18 at 2:55
  • The usage of na'ar is not necessarily a definition of age. Yehoshua bin Nun was also called a Na'ar even when he was about 30 or 40. Yirmiyahu calls himself a na'ar when G-d first speaks to him. – DanF Dec 16 '18 at 15:38

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