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Benjamin, Tribe of

One of the twelve Israelite clans. Apparently basing his statements on Margaret Starbird's writings, Dan Brown has one Da Vinci Code character claim that Mary Magdalene was "a powerful woman" and a member of "the house of Benjamin" (DVC, 248), further implying that Benjamin was a royal tribe.

In fact, no one knows whether Mary Magdalene was powerful, and there's no evidence she was a Benjaminite. Magdalene most likely means "from the village of Magdala," a village on the western side of the Sea of Galilee—many miles from Benjamin's territory on the northern edge of the Dead Sea.

Furthermore, Benjamin was neither royal nor powerful; even during the time of Moses and Joshua, it was a small tribe (Num. 1:36-37; Ps. 68:27) with a small territory (Josh. 18:21-28). Saul, Israel's first king, was a Benjaminite; he declared that he was from the weakest tribe (1 Sam. 9:21). After Saul's death, Judah became the nation's sole tribal royalty. Brown's claims that "by marrying into the powerful House of Benjamin, Jesus fused two royal bloodlines" are plainly fictitious (DVC, 248). See also Mary Magdalene; Starbird, Margaret.



Printed with permission from Bethany House Publishers, South Bloomington, Minnesota from the book "The Da Vinci Codebreaker : an easy-to-use fact checker for truth seekers" by James L. Garlow.
 

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