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(Hebrew personal name, from the Hebrew verb stem jasaf, ‘to add’). The biblical tradition of the J. story (Gn 30ff.), a novella-like didactic tale, shows in its core statement how the hidden workings of God are behind the fate of an individual: J., the favourite son of  Jacob and Rachel, father of Ephraim and Manasse, is sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt. He works as the servant of the pharaoh, once he has cleared his name of the accusation that he had raped the wife of Potiphar.

The material of the J. story, that goes back among other things to Egyptian mode…

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Domhardt, Yvonne (Zürich), “Joseph”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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