Questions tagged [joseph]

For questions about the character in Genesis (the favored son of Jacob and Jacob's favored wife Rachel, sold into slavery by his brothers (Gen. 37), displayed integrity and insight in Egypt (Gen. 39-41), believed in God's saving providence (Gen. 45:5,7; 50:20)). Not to be used for the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

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Is there more than one Joseph in the Bible?

When reading my Bible, I've noticed Joesph's name listed in both the Old and New Testaments; is it the same person or is there more than one Joseph in the Bible?
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Why did Joseph only present five brothers?

After Joseph and his brothers were reunited, Joseph presents only five of his brothers to Pharaoh. Genesis 47:1-2 New International Version (NIV) 47:1: Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Jacob had twelve sons, the firstborn of whom was Reuben. Yet, the birthright that should have passed on to Reuben did not due to Reuben's sin against his father (1 Chronicles 5:1-2). Naturally, ...
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By what did Jesus call Joseph? [closed]

Jesus called the God the Father during his ministry. My question is what Jesus called Joseph (the guardian) before his ministry? "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to ...
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Do any Christian groups believe that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain in?

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is quoted from a 1998 commencement speech as saying that his personal theory was that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain in during the seven years of plenty: My own ...
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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, why the elaborate ruse?

Genesis chapter 42 - 45 recount story of Joseph tricking his brothers who are in Egypt to buy grain, into going back and forth several times from Canaan to Egypt in an attempt exonerate themselves in ...
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How old was St. Joseph when he married the Blessed Virgin Mary?

According to the Church Fathers or other Catholic theologians, how old was St. Joseph when he married the Blessed Virgin Mary?
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What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it ...
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Why did Jacob insist that Joseph's sons were his?

In Genesis, Before Jacob dies, he has a conversation with his son, Joseph. Genesis 48:1-6 Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along ...
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Why are both Joseph and Manasseh listed as separate tribes in Revelation chapter seven?

The Patriarch Joseph had two sons Manasseh, and Ephraim: Genesis 46:20 KJV And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of ...
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How to reconcile the number of people that went down to Egypt with Jacob?

In Genesis 46 26-27 it says: 26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons[f] ...
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Could Luke 3 be Joseph's genealogy?

I am considering the possibility that Luke 3 is in fact the genealogy of Joseph and not Mary. Here is why... Luke mentions the circumcision and the naming of both Jesus and John on the 8th day in ...
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Where did the “theology” behind the Cherry tree carol come from?

I love playing this carol on the piano, but it makes me wonder if I'm not being the least bit heterodox. Here are the assumptions that seem to me to be contrary to thriving tradition: When Joseph ...
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Why was the name of St Joseph not mentioned at Luke 2: 19?

At Luke 2:15-19 (NRSVCE) we see: When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which ...
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Paintings of the Holy Family with a young St. Joseph?

Most paintings seem to portray St. Joseph as an old man and his wife St. Mary as much younger. Abp. Fulton Sheen—arguing in "The World's Happiest Marriage" that "Joseph was probably a young man, ...
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How would Jesus have addressed St. Joseph?

At Luke 2:48 we read of St. Mary's complaint to Jesus for giving them a scare, by `getting lost'at the Temple: "His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I ...
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How does the life of Joseph (son of Jacob) foreshadow the life of Jesus the Messiah?

In theology, there are many things identified in the Old Testament as foreshadowing things in the New. The life of Joseph, the son of Jacob, is one of these that is identified as such the life of ...
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Proof of Prophethood? [closed]

I'd like to know what prophethood designates in the Bible and what is the scriptural standard for identifying a true prophet? What I mean is, what if someone today stood up and claimed prophecy? How ...