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From: Cynthia Edenburg <cynthia@oumail.openu.ac.il>
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> My question is: Why Naphtali? He seems to have had some
> importance, since Tobit was also said to be of that tribe (1:1, 4, 7
> and 7:3).
> Does anybody have any suggestions as to why this document
> should have been devoted to Naphtali in antiquity, and also
> why Naphtali should have played an important enough role
> for a medieval Hebrew work to have been devoted to him.

As a wild guess I would suggest that Naphtali anachronistically rose to
prominence due to the role the Upper Galilee played in 2nd Temple times.

Cynthia Edenburg
The Open University of Israel
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv