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Asenath

Female - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Asenath  
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • «b»http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asenath


      Asenath«/b» («u»Hebrew «/u»: , «u»Modern «/u»«i»As«/i» «u»Tiberian «/u» ) or «b»Asenith«/b» (in modern times sometimes trasliterated as «b»Osnat«/b») is a figure in the «u»Book of Genesis «/u», an «u»Egyptian «/u» woman whom «u»Pharaoh «/u» gave to «u»Joseph «/u» son of «u»Jacob «/u» to be his wife. The daughter of «u»Potipherah «/u», a priest of «u»On «/u», she bore Joseph two sons, «u»Manasseh «/u» and «u»Ephraim «/u», who became the patriarchs of the «u»Israelite «/u» tribes of «u»Manasseh «/u» and «u»Ephraim «/u», respectively. Modern scholarship says her name derives from the «u»Egyptian «/u» "holy to «u»Anath «/u»"; her name may be phonetically transliterated from the New Kingdom Egyptian hieroglyphs as «i»Ns-Nt«/i».
      Genesis records nothing more about Asenath, but her story is elaborated in the «u»apocryphal «/u» «u»Joseph and Asenath «/u». There, she is a virgin who rejects several worthy suitors in favor of Joseph, but Joseph will not have a pagan for a wife. She locks herself in a tower and rejects her idolatry in favor of Joseph's God «u»Yahweh «/u», and receives a visit from an angel who accepts her conversion. A ritual involving a «u»honeycomb «/u» follows. Bees cover her and sting her lips to remove the false prayers to the pagan gods of her past. Joseph now consents to marry her. She bears him their sons Mannaseh and Ephraim. Pharaoh's son wants Asenath for himself, however, and with the aid of Joseph's brothers «u»Dan «/u» and «u»Gad «/u», he conspires to kill her husband. The loyal brother «u»Benjamin «/u» interferes, and Pharaoh's son is ultimately slain. Asenath forgives the conspirators, and she and Joseph rule over Egypt for 48 years, after which they pass the crown to Pharaoh's grandson.
      The «u»Midrash «/u» «u»Pirke De-Rabbi Eliezer «/u» records a view that Asenath was actually the daughter of Joseph's sister «u»Dinah «/u», conceived in her rape by «u»Shechem «/u». Some of the circumstantial textual evidence supporting this view is laid out in an «u»article <http://www.meridianmagazine.com/sci_rel/000818answer.html>«/u» by John Pratt.
      "Asenath" or "Osnat" («u»Hebrew «/u»: , «u»Modern «/u» «i»As«/i» «u»Tiberian «/u» ) is a commonly used female first name in present-day «u»Israel «/u».
      Asenath is the name of a character in H.P. Lovecraft's «u»The Thing on the Doorstep «/u».
      Asenath can also be spelled "Asenith".
    Person ID I61476  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 

    Father Potipherah,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F551617660  Group Sheet

    Family Joseph,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Manasseh, tribal patriarch,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Ephraim,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F551617659  Group Sheet