1 Chronicles 8: The
Genealogy of Saul (the Benjaminite)
Comment: We can
only assume the content of this chapter in working towards Saul
as the precursor king to David. There is no explanation of the
structure of the names beyond the fact that they are of the tribe
of Benjamin, from which Saul eventually comes. Jonathan must be
included perhaps simply as David's good friend, so he is being
honoured by the scribe-compiler. The fact that the scribe was
able to assemble such a large group of [to us meaningless] names,
presumably from over quite a period of history, shows us that
record-keeping was common in Israel.]
A mixed bunch of names from Benjamin
the father of Bela his firstborn,
the second son, Aharah the third,
the fourth and Rapha the fifth.
sons of Bela were:
Shephuphan and Huram.
were the descendants of Ehud, who were heads of families of those
living in Geba and were deported to Manahath:
Ahijah and Gera, who deported them and who was the father of Uzza
were born to Shaharaim in Moab after he had divorced his wives
Hushim and Baara.
his wife Hodesh he had Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malkam,
Sakia and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of families.
Hushim he had Abitub and Elpaal.
sons of Elpaal:
Misham, Shemed (who built Ono and Lod with its surrounding villages),
Beriah and Shema, who were heads of families of those living in
Aijalon and who drove out the inhabitants of Gath.
Ishpah and Joha were the sons of Beriah.
Meshullam, Hizki, Heber,
Izliah and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.
Beraiah and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.
and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.
Elijah and Zikri were the sons of Jeroham.
these were heads of families, chiefs as listed in their genealogy,
and they lived in Jerusalem.
Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived in Gibeon.
wife's name was Maakah,
his firstborn son was Abdon, followed by Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner,
Mikloth, who was the father of Shimeah. They too lived near their
relatives in Jerusalem.
was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul,
and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua,
Abinadab and Esh-Baal.
The Descendants of Jonathan
son of Jonathan:
who was the father of Micah.
sons of Micah:
Melek, Tarea and Ahaz.
was the father of Jehoaddah, Jehoaddah was the father of Alemeth,
Azmaveth and Zimri, and Zimri was the father of Moza.
was the father of Binea; Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son and
Azel his son.
had six sons, and these were their names:
Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. All these were the
sons of Azel.
sons of his brother Eshek:
his firstborn, Jeush the second son and Eliphelet the third.
sons of Ulam were brave warriors who could handle the bow. They
had many sons and grandsons – 150 in all.
these were the descendants of Benjamin.