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Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 15:15:39 +0200 (IST)
From: Cynthia Edenburg <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Testament of Naphtali
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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.
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