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

Chapter XXI 1

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1And Joseph got up early in the morning, and he went away to Pharaoh and told him about Aseneth. 2 and told … Aseneth: BD om. 2And Pharaoh sent and called 3 And Phar.… called = Slav.: D ‘And Phar. called’; B om. Pentephres and Aseneth. 4 Pent. and As. = D: Slav. ‘Pent. and his daughter’; B om. 3And Pharaoh was astonished at her beauty and said, The Lord will bless you, even the God of 5 And Phar.… God of = (A) Slav.: BD om. Joseph, 6 So A: Slav. ‘Israel’; BD om. who has chosen you to be his bride, for 7 who … for = (A) Slav.: BD om. he is the first-born son of God, and 8 he is … and = F(A) Syr.: BD Slav. om. you will be called the daughter of the Most High, and Joseph shall be your bridegroom for ever. 4And Pharaoh took 5golden crowns and put them on their heads and said, God Most High will bless you and prosper your family 9 Lit. ‘and multiply you’. for ever. 6And Pharaoh turned them towards each other, and they kissed each other. And Pharaoh celebrated their wedding with a banquet and much merry-making 10 Lit. ‘drinking’. for seven days; and he invited all the chief men in the land of Egypt. 11 you will be called … Egypt = (A) Slav.: BD om. 7And he issued a proclamation, saying, 12 And … saying = (D) (A) Slav.: B om. Any 13 So BFGA Slav. (lit. ‘every’): D ‘if any’ (‘man does … he shall die’). man who does any work during the seven days of Joseph and Aseneth's wedding 14 B Slav. add ‘that man’. shall die. 8And when the wedding was over and the banquet ended, Joseph had intercourse with Aseneth; and Aseneth conceived by Joseph and bore Manasseh and his brother Ephraim in Joseph's 15 So DFA Slav.: BG ‘Pharaoh's’. house.

Notes:

1 Philonenko's text of this chapter is for the most part a reconstruction from the Slavonic, B and D having a number of omissions. A, on the other hand, agrees in the main with the Slavonic apart from a few small variations, expansions, and additions.

2 and told … Aseneth: BD om.

3 And Phar.… called = Slav.: D ‘And Phar. called’; B om.

4 Pent. and As. = D: Slav. ‘Pent. and his daughter’; B om.

5 And Phar.… God of = (A) Slav.: BD om.

6 So A: Slav. ‘Israel’; BD om.

7 who … for = (A) Slav.: BD om.

8 he is … and = F(A) Syr.: BD Slav. om.

9 Lit. ‘and multiply you’.

10 Lit. ‘drinking’.

11 you will be called … Egypt = (A) Slav.: BD om.

12 And … saying = (D) (A) Slav.: B om.

13 So BFGA Slav. (lit. ‘every’): D ‘if any’ (‘man does … he shall die’).

14 B Slav. add ‘that man’.

15 So DFA Slav.: BG ‘Pharaoh's’.

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