This article identified the function of the reference to Jerusalem in the Concubine of Gibeah narrative. In contrast to other scholars, who view this reference as part of the anti-Saul or anti-Benjamin polemic, I suggested regarding it as an allusion to the future, when Jerusalem will become the capital city in the time of David. In Jud 19, there is no negative attitude specifically toward Benjamin, but toward all the tribes of Israel, including Judah. The reference to Jebus-Jerusalem presents her as a gentile city with the important virtue of hospitality and of healthy relationships between people. The next stage is to persuade the readers of the Books of Samuel and Kings that it is also God's chosen city.
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