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The reason why Binyamin specifically is referred to as having multiple tribes could be based on a Rashi, that each tribe is also called its own nation is learned from a prophecy concerning Binyamin: אף חבב עמים. גַּם חִבָּה יְתֵרָה חָבַב אֶת הַשְּׁבָטִים; כָּל אֶחָד וְאֶחָד קָרוּי עַם, שֶׁהֲרֵי בִנְיָמִין לְבַדּוֹ הָיָה עָתִיד לְהִוָּלֵד כְּשֶׁאָמַר ...


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Rashi on the verse in Shoftim says that the ten families of Binyamin were counted as separate tribes, so that Rachel could be said to be the ancestress of twelve tribes in her own right (those ten, plus Menashe and Ephraim). (It is true that the sons of Yosef are never called שבטי יוסף collectively. However, they are referred to individually as שבט אפרים and ...


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Only a (very) partial answer, but סדר הדורות puts it in the year 2921 from Creation. (Top of right column). Technically it states that his rule started on that year, but then again, he wasn't king very long. Actual quote: אבשלום מלך ב"א תתקכ"א, שלש שנים קודם מות אביו My translation: Avshalom ruled in the year 2921 [to Creation], three years ...


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