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Monday, October 23 2017
The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Asenath
Studies In This Series:
"Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On"
The fourteen tribal patriarchs of Israel (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh) were the sons of Jacob (who the LORD renamed as "Israel") with five women - four Syrian (Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah) and one Egyptian (Asenath).
There was a difference in two of the tribal patriarchs however - they were born as Jacob / Israel's grandsons, the sons of Joseph, but were in effect promoted to the status of sons by Jacob (see the Fact Finder question below). Those two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, were born in Egypt with an Egyptian mother, Asenath.
Joseph was sold into slavery by some of his jealous brothers (see Joseph's Coat Of Many Colours).
"37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 37:20 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.
Things got even worse for Joseph when he was falsely accused of sexual assault by the adulterous wife of his owner (see Potiphar's Wife). He went from slave to innocent dungeon prisoner. With the miraculous help of the LORD however (see The Pharaoh's Dreams and Joseph's Sheaves and Stars Dreams Fulfilled), Joseph rose to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, second in authority only the Pharaoh himself.
"41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
It was at that time that the Pharaoh arranged a marriage for Joseph, to "Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On."
"41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt." (Genesis 41:45 KJV)
Joseph and Asenath had two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.
"41:50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
Fact Finder: Why did Jacob / Israel adopt his two grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, as sons? What did Joseph's deceased mother Rachel have to do with it?
This Day In History, October 23
42 BC: During Rome's Republic-era civil wars (see The Politics Of Rome), Mark Antony (a later ally of Cleopatra; see The Cleopatra Connection) and Octavian (Octavian, later known as Caesar Augustus, was the Roman imperial king who declared the famous census that resulted in Jesus Christ fulfilling the prophecy of being born in Bethlehem i.e. "2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed" Luke 2:1 KJV; see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) defeated the forces of Brutus at the Second Battle of Philippi.
425: Amidst the political and military crumbling and division of the Roman Empire, Valentinian III was proclaimed Roman Emperor at the age of 6. The original Roman Empire was superseded by the German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1086: Almoravid armies defeated Alfonso of Castile near Badajoz, thereby establishing a Muslim foothold in Spain (see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1295: The first treaty of the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France against England was signed in Paris.
1641: Over 50,000 people were massacred when Catholics rebelled against Protestants in Ireland.
1642: The Battle of Edgehill was fought. It was the first major conflict of the English Civil War between royalists under King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. Both sides claimed victory.
1679: The "Meal Tub Plot" against James II of England.
1694: British (82 years before the rebellion of the New England colonies that Britain established in the wilderness over a century earlier, and decades before the English of "New England" took control of "New France") colonial forces led by Sir William Phipps failed in their attempt to seize Quebec from France. After a battle in which Phipps lost over 400 men, he sailed back to Boston.
1707: The first Parliament of Britain began.
1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspended the legal writ of habeas corpus for all military-related cases.
1867: The Canadian Senate was established by Royal Proclamation.
1911: The first use of aircraft in war; an Italian observation plane in Libya during the war between Turkey and Italy to decide which country would rule Libya (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), British and Commonwealth tanks and mechanized infantry under Bernard Montgomery launched a major offensive against Adolf Hitler's Nazi army (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) under Erwin Rommel at El Alamein in Egypt. It was one of the major tank battles of human history (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1944: The Soviet Union invaded Hungary.
1946: The second part of the first assembly of the United Nations began in New York. The first part had been held in London in January and February.
1954: Allied control permitted occupied West Germany to become a sovereign state. It was then allowed to rebuild its military and join NATO (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1956: The Hungarian Revolution against their communist leaders and the Soviet presence began with a large demonstration in Budapest. In the days that followed, the Stalinist leader Erno Gero resigned, and reformer communist Imre Nagy stepped in to form a new government that included several non-communists; he also announced the restoration of a multi-party system, that Hungary would withdraw from the Warsaw Pact, and declared the country's neutrality. The Soviet army invaded and put down the revolution less than 2 weeks later.
1973: U.S. President Richard Nixon agreed to release Oval Office tape recordings to Watergate criminal investigators.
1973: A United Nations sanctioned cease-fire officially ended the Yom Kippur war between Israel and Syria (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1983: 237 U.S. Marines were killed when a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Another bomber attacked the French military installation and killed 58 troops there.
1996: Pope John Paul II released a statement saying that Darwin's theory of evolution is "more than a hypothesis." The statement was considered the Vatican's clearest and most comprehensive in support of the un-Biblical theory of a Godless "creation." The supposed logic of Darwin's "clear and overwhelming" evidence (despite the "missing link" never having been found, because it never existed, although a number of later-proven fakes have been assembled and displayed over the years by supposed men of science who were determined, at all costs, to "prove" their hypothesis - and the fact that Darwin himself never taught evolution in the way that people today say that he did (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1998: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed the Wye River Memorandum (a "land for peace" agreement) in Washington.
2011: A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.