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Joseph is a common name in the Bible. It means “may he [God] add [more sons]” (Gen. 30:23).

1. The patriarch Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel. Tradition locates his grave at Shechem (Josh. 24:32; Gen. 50:25). He was the tribal head of the central Palestinian tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, generally referred to as the house of Joseph (Deut. 33:13–17; Judg. 1:22–23). He was also the hero of the Joseph story in Genesis 37 and 39–47, 50, which differs considerably, both materially and formally, from the other patriarchal narratives (Patriarchal History), and in which some see Wisdom…

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Roloff, Jürgen, “Joseph”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J210>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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