Chapter 50 in the book of Genesis is part of the Joseph Smith Translation, written by Joseph Smith himself.
Verses 30 and 33 of this chapter says the following (emphasis added):
30 And again, a seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins, and unto him will I give power to bring forth my word unto the seed of thy loins; and not to the bringing forth of my word only, saith the Lord, but to the convincing them of my word, which shall have already gone forth among them in the last days;
33 And that seer will I bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise I give unto you; for I will remember you from generation to generation; and his name shall be called Joseph, and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto you; for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand shall bring my people unto salvation.
With this passage, Joseph Smith added a prophecy to the Bible book of Genesis which was originally written thousands of years ago. This prophecy is about a future seer who was (to be) named Joseph after the name of the seer's father.
For a non-believer at least this looks like a possible attempt by Joseph Smith to retroactively insert a prophecy about himself into the Bible, considering that Joseph Smith was himself a son of a man named Joseph (Joseph Smith Sr.).
However I would assume that Mormons view this passage differently. How do Mormons view it?
- Is the passage viewed as a reference to some other individual named Joseph, who was also named after his father?
- Or is the passage viewed as something that God somehow wanted Joseph Smith to include here?
- Or is it viewed in some other manner altogether?