Banned from the Bible TV - Kenneth Hanson - Rabbi David Wolpe - Kirsti Copeland - Mysteries of the Bible: Joseph: Master of Dreams TV - Genesis 30:23&24 - Genesis 37:2-6 - Genesis 37:18-20 - Genesis 37:23&24 - Genesis 37:28 - Genesis 39:2 - Genesis 39:5 - Genesis 39:21-23 - Genesis 41:30-32 - Genesis 41:41 - Genesis 41:56 - Genesis 42:1-3 - Genesis 42:6-8 - Genesis 45:3-5 - Genesis 47:1 - Genesis 47:20 - Genesis 50:24 - Genesis 50:25 - Koran 12:4-101 -
This is all the Bible says. As to how and why she was chosen for Joseph, it is completely silent. Banned from the Bible: Enigmas of the Old Testament, Channel 5 2003
What led to this unorthodox marriage? And who is this non-believer who would found a Jewish dynasty? These questions are answered in a document entitled Joseph & Aseneth. Although no-one is sure exactly when it was written, or by whom. ibid.
Joseph is of course one of the most beloved figures of the Hebrew Bible. Kenneth Hanson
Why would she accept an Israelite? Here is a man who is a foreigner, a fugitive, a former slave; she doesn’t want to accept Joseph until of course she meets him face to face. Kenneth Hanson
Joseph’s predecessors – Jacob, Isaac, Abraham – all married women about whom we know a great deal. And it’s inconceivable to the reader of the Bible that Joseph all of a sudden goes and marries somebody about whom we know nothing. And so it almost seems to demand that there be a back-story here so that we can understand who this woman is and why she deserves to marry Joseph. Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple Los Angeles
She is both hereditary royalty. And also biological royalty. That is she is beautiful and intelligent and also a princess. Rabbi David Wolpe
One of the things that we find in Biblical narratives is that they are often very terse. Kirsti Copeland, Stanford University
She’s sitting in her window. She looks out. And she sees a handsome young man and falls madly in love. Kirsti Copeland
Fact or fiction? And how could Joseph, an unknown outsider, rise to the heights of power in one of the world’s mightiest kingdoms? Mysteries of the Bible s3e1: Joseph: Master of Dreams, A&E 1995
And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son. Genesis 30:23&24
These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed. Genesis 37:2-6
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. Genesis 37:18-20
And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. Genesis 37:23&24
Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt. Genesis 37:28
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Genesis 39:2
And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. Genesis 39:5
But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper. Genesis 39:21-23
And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. Genesis 41:30-32
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:41
And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:56
Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. Genesis 42:1-3
And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. Genesis 42:6-8
And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:3-5
And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not.
And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die. Genesis 45:25-28
Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. Genesis 47:1
And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s. Genesis 47:20
And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Genesis 50:24