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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter I

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1It came to pass in the first year of the seven years of plenty, in the second month, that Pharaoh sent out Joseph to go round the whole land of Egypt. 2And Joseph came, 1 to go round … came: B om. in the fourth month of the first year, on the eighteenth day of the month, 2 in the fourth … month: Slav. om. into the district of Heliopolis. 3And he was collecting all the corn of that land, as the sand of the sea. 4Now there was in that city a man, a satrap of Pharaoh; and this man was the chief of all Pharaoh's satraps and lords. 3 and this man … lords: B om. 5And he 4 Lit. ‘this man’. was very rich, and wise, and generous, and he was Pharaoh's counsellor, and his name was Pentephres; and he was the priest of Heliopolis. 5 B ‘and Pentephres was the first man of Heliopolis’; D om. 6And Pentephres had a virgin daughter of about eighteen years of age, tall and beautiful and graceful, more beautiful than any other virgin in the land. 6 Or ‘upon the earth’. 7And she was quite unlike the daughters of the 7 d. of the: D om. Egyptians, but in every respect like the daughters 8 but … daughters = HA: BD Slav. ‘and’. of the Hebrews. 8And she was as tall as Sarah, and as beautiful as Rebecca, and as fair as Rachel; and this virgin's name was Aseneth. 9And the fame of her beauty spread through all that land, even to its remotest corners; 9 even to … corners: Slav. om. and all the sons of the lords and of the satraps and of the kings sought her hand in marriage, young men all of them. 10And there was great rivalry between them because of her, and they began to fight among themselves 10 among themselves: B om. because of Aseneth. 11And Pharaoh's eldest son heard about her, and he begged his father to give her to him as his wife. 12And he said to him, Give me Aseneth the daughter of Pentephres the priest 11 B ‘the first man’. of Heliopolis as my wife. And his father Pharaoh said to him, Why should you want a wife of lower station than yourself? 13Are you not king 12 So D: BE ‘king as you are’; G ‘For you are king’. of all the earth 13 Or ‘land’. ? 14No! See now, 14 See now: D om. the daughter of King Joakim 15 So BD Slav.: FH ‘of the king of Moab’; A ‘of king Joachim of Moab’. is betrothed to you, and she is a queen and very beautiful indeed: take her as your wife.

Notes:

1 to go round … came: B om.

2 in the fourth … month: Slav. om.

3 and this man … lords: B om.

4 Lit. ‘this man’.

5 B ‘and Pentephres was the first man of Heliopolis’; D om.

6 Or ‘upon the earth’.

7 d. of the: D om.

8 but … daughters = HA: BD Slav. ‘and’.

9 even to … corners: Slav. om.

10 among themselves: B om.

11 B ‘the first man’.

12 So D: BE ‘king as you are’; G ‘For you are king’.

13 Or ‘land’.

14 See now: D om.

15 So BD Slav.: FH ‘of the king of Moab’; A ‘of king Joachim of Moab’.

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