By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
Ruled as the Viceroy of Egypt for 80 years [1734-1654BC]. His talents as an administrator, architect, and military leader have a vital impact on the culture of Egypt. Through his leadership, the country becomes a rich and powerful world empire.
Behold, this is the law I gave unto my servant Nephi, and thy fathers, Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, and all mine ancient prophets and apostles. D&C 98:32
He died at the age of 110. [1654BC].
So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. Gen. 50:26
Latter-day revelation reveals the larger mission of the family of Joseph in the last days (2 Ne. 3: 3-24; 3 Ne. 20: 25-27; JST, Gen. 50).
For he is a descendant of Joseph and a partaker of the blessings of the promise made unto his fathers. D&C 96:7
And then cometh the New Jerusalem; and blessed are they who dwell therein, for it is they whose garments are white through the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who are numbered among the remnant of the seed of Joseph, who were of the house of Israel. Ether 13:10
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. Rev. 7: 8
14 And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that he was a descendant of Joseph; yea, even that Joseph who was the son of Jacob, who was sold into Egypt, and who was preserved by the hand of the Lord, that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all his household from perishing with famine. 1 Ne. 5: 14
16 And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. And Laban also was a descendant of Joseph, wherefore he and his fathers had kept the records. 1 Ne. 5: 16
2 For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of Joseph.1 Ne. 6: 2
1 Ne. 18: 7
7 And now, my father had begat two sons in the wilderness; the elder was called aJacob• and the younger bJoseph•.
1 Ne. 18: 19
19 And Jacob and Joseph also, being young, having need of much nourishment, were grieved because of the afflictions of their mother; and also amy• wife with her tears and prayers, and also my children, did not soften the hearts of my brethren that they would loose me.
2 Ne. 3: 1
1 AND now I speak unto you, Joseph, my alast•-born. Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee.
2 Ne. 3: 3
3 And now, Joseph, my last-born, whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions, may the Lord bless thee forever, for thy aseed• shall not utterly be bdestroyed•.
2 Ne. 3: 4
4 For behold, thou art the fruit of my loins; and I am a descendant of aJoseph• who was carried bcaptive• into Egypt. And great were the ccovenants• of the Lord which he made unto Joseph.
2 Ne. 3: 5
5 Wherefore, Joseph truly asaw• our day. And he obtained a bpromise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a crighteous• dbranch• unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made emanifest• unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of fdarkness• unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.
2 Ne. 3: 6
6 For Joseph truly testified, saying: A aseer• shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my bloins•.
2 Ne. 3: 7
7 Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice aseer will I braise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins. And unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the cknowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers.
2 Ne. 3: 14
14 And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;
2 Ne. 3: 16
16 Yea, thus prophesied Joseph: I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses; for the Lord hath said unto me, I will apreserve• thy seed forever.
2 Ne. 3: 22
22 And now, behold, my son Joseph, after this manner did my father of old aprophesy•.
2 Ne. 3: 25
25 And now, blessed art thou, Joseph. Behold, thou art little; wherefore hearken unto the words of thy brother, Nephi, and it shall be done unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken. Remember the words of thy dying father. Amen.
2 Ne. 4: 1
1 AND now, I, Nephi, speak concerning the prophecies of which my father hath spoken, concerning aJoseph•, who was carried into Egypt.
2 Ne. 4: 3
3 Wherefore, after my father had made an end of speaking concerning the prophecies of Joseph, he called the children of Laman, his sons, and his daughters, and said unto them: Behold, my sons, and my daughters, who are the sons and the daughters of my afirst-born, I would that ye should give ear unto my words.
2 Ne. 5: 6
6 Wherefore, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did take my family, and also aZoram• and his family, and Sam, mine elder brother and his family, and Jacob and Joseph, my younger brethren, and also my sisters, and all those who would go with me. And all those who would go with me were those who believed in the bwarnings and the revelations of God; wherefore, they did hearken unto my words.
2 Ne. 5: 26
26 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did aconsecrate• Jacob and Joseph, that they should be bpriests and cteachers over the land of my people.
2 Ne. 25: 21
21 Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things which I awrite• shall be kept and preserved, and handed down unto my seed, from generation to generation, that the promise may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should never bperish• as long as the earth should stand.
Jacob 1: 13
13 Now the people which were not aLamanites• were Nephites; nevertheless, they were called Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, bZoramites•, Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites.
Jacob 2: 25
25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a arighteous• branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph.
Alma 3: 6
6 And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a acurse• upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.
Alma 10: 3
3 And Aminadi was a descendant of Nephi, who was the son of Lehi, who came out of the land of Jerusalem, who was a descendant of aManasseh•, who was the son of bJoseph who was csold• into Egypt by the hands of his brethren.
Alma 46: 23
23 Moroni said unto them: Behold, we are a aremnant of the seed of Jacob; yea, we are a remnant of the seed of bJoseph, whose ccoat• was rent by his brethren into many pieces; yea, and now behold, let us remember to keep the commandments of God, or our garments shall be rent by our brethren, and we be cast into prison, or be sold, or be slain.
Alma 46: 24
24 Yea, let us preserve our liberty as a aremnant• of Joseph; yea, let us remember the words of Jacob, before his death, for behold, he saw that a bpart• of the cremnant• of the coat of Joseph was dpreserved• and had not decayed. And he said—Even as this remnant of garment of my son hath been preserved, so shall a eremnant• of the seed of my son be preserved by the hand of God, and be taken unto himself, while the remainder of the seed of Joseph shall perish, even as the remnant of his garment.
Alma 46: 27
27 And now who knoweth but what the remnant of the seed of Joseph, which shall perish as his garment, are those who have dissented from us? Yea, and even it shall be ourselves if we do not stand fast in the faith of Christ.
3 Ne. 5: 21
21 Surely he hath ablessed the house of bJacob•, and hath been cmerciful• unto the seed of Joseph.
3 Ne. 5: 23
23 Yea, and surely shall he again bring a aremnant• of the seed of Joseph to the bknowledge• of the Lord their God.
3 Ne. 10: 17
17 Behold, our father Jacob also testified concerning a aremnant• of the seed of Joseph. And behold, are not we a remnant of the seed of Joseph? And these things which testify of us, are they not written upon the plates of brass which our father Lehi brought out of Jerusalem?
3 Ne. 15: 12
12 Ye are my adisciples; and ye are a blight unto this people, who are a remnant of the house of cJoseph.
4 Ne. 1: 36
36 And it came to pass that in this year there arose a people who were called the aNephites•, and they were true believers in Christ; and among them there were those who were called by the Lamanites—Jacobites, and Josephites, and bZoramites•;
4 Ne. 1: 37
37 Therefore the true believers in Christ, and the true worshipers of Christ, (among whom were the athree• disciples of Jesus who should tarry) were called Nephites, and Jacobites, and Josephites, and Zoramites.
Morm. 1: 8
8 And it came to pass in this year there began to be a war between the aNephites•, who consisted of the Nephites and the Jacobites and the Josephites and the Zoramites; and this war was between the Nephites, and the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites.
Ether 13: 6
6 And that a aNew• Jerusalem should be built up upon this land, unto the remnant of the seed of bJoseph•, for which things there has been a ctype•.
8 Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy bcity• unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away. Ether 13: 8
7 For as Joseph brought his father down into the land of Egypt, even so he died there; wherefore, the Lord brought a remnant of the seed of Joseph out of the land of Jerusalem, that he might be merciful unto the seed of Joseph that they should perish not, even as he was merciful unto the father of Joseph that he should perish not. Ether 13: 7
In the Nineteenth century an inscription was discovered on a marble tablet in a ruined fortress on the seashore of Hadramaut in present-day Democratic Yemen which confirmed the reign of Jospeh and the seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine (Genesis 41). It was written around the eighteenth century BC which was the time the Biblical account took place. The inscription was translated into Arabic by Professor Schultens and later translated into English by Rev. Charles Forster. A part of the inscription stated the following (S7):
We dwelt at ease in this castle a long tract of time;
nor had we a desire but for the region-lord of the vineyard.
Hundreds of camels returned to us each day at evening,
their eye pleasant to behold in their resting-places.
And twice the number of our camels were our sheep,
in comeliness like white does, and also the slow moving kine.
We dwelt in this castle seven years of good life
--how difficult for memory its description!
Then came years barren and burnt up:
when one evil year had passed away,
Then came another to succeed it.
And we became as though we had never seen a glimpse of good.
They died and neither foot nor hoof remained.
Thus fares it with him who renders not thanks to God:
His footsteps fail not to be blotted out from his dwelling.. (S7).
Further evidence was found in Yemen in a rich woman’s tomb. It was discovered in 1850 after being exposed due to a flood. it was later shown to a Mr. Cruttenden by Ebn Hesham, an Arab from Yemen.
A flood of rain had laid bare a sepulchre in Yemen, in which lay a woman having on her neck seven collars of pearls, and on her hands and feet bracelets and armlets, and ankle-rings seven on each, and on every finger a ring on which was set a jewel of great price, and at her head a coffer filled with treasure, and a tablet with an inscription.
In the tomb was contained a woman’s corpse that was covered in jewels and a coffer filled with treasure. Also found was an engraved stone tablet confirming the seven years of famine in Egypt and Joseph’s supervision over the graineries of Egypt. The inscription said some of the following:
Below is from a stone tablet from a tomb (discovered in 1850) of a wealthy Yemenite woman who died during the Egyptian famine recorded in Genesis 41. This tablet confirms the biblical account of Joseph's careful management of Egyptian food reserves during the 7 years of famine in Egypt. (S7).
In they name O God, the God of Hamyar,
I Tajah, the daughter of Dzu Shefar, sent my steward to
Joseph, And he delaying to return to me, I sent my hand maid
With a measure of silver, to bring me back a measure of flour:
And not being able to procure it, I sent her with a measure of gold:
And not being able to procure it, I sent her with a measure of pearls:
And not being able to procure it, I commanded them to be ground:
And finding no profit in them, I am shut up here.
Whosoever may hear of it, let him commiserate me;
And should any woman adorn herself with an ornament
From my ornaments, may she die with no other than my death.
Daughter of Potipherah, Priest of On.
On is the same as Heliopolis, as the Greeks named it.
CHILDREN of Joseph:
- [S1]. The Holy Bible. KJV.
- [S2]. The Royal Ancestry of the Hamblin Family. Compiled for the Hamblin Family Association by George Merrill Roy, I.A.G. Received from Geraldine Tenney Nelson.
- [S3]. The Riddle of the Exodus. James D. Long. 2002. Lightcatcher Books.
- [S4]. Whence Came They
- [S5]. Ainsworth's Magazine (1846), Volume 16. William Harrison Ainsworth. Publisher Chapman and Hall, 1844. Original from Oxford University. Digitized by Google Books Nov 23, 2006. 594 pages.
- [S6]. Compendium of World History. Herman Hoeh. Volume 1 and Volume 2.
- [S7]. Joseph in Eqypt - 7 good & 7 bad years. Marble Tablet with inscription. Translation by Rev. Charles Forster. Reported in Niebuhr's Voyage en Arabie, PL. LIX. http://bibleprobe.com/joseph.htm. QUOTES as source: Grant R. Jeffrey's "The Signature of God".
Joseph’s public service began in 1734 BC, and lasted until 1668. The famine began in the spring of 1726 and lasted until spring of 1719. Jacob came to Egypt after the harvest had failed 2 years in Palestine. Seven harvests of abundance were 733 to 1737. In 1719 the famine ends. Zozer I (Djoser). (Tosorthros) 1737-1708. Joseph is Supins (Souphis, Saophis) in Dynasty III and Dynasty IV of Manetho. Joseph (as Souphis) reigned from 1684 to 1668 BC. Joseph served until age 96, and died at age 110 (Genesis 50:26). (S6).
TIMELINE FOR JOSEPH.
? When was he born: 1764BC. How doe we know that /
? When was he sold into Egypt? Age 17? How do we know?
? How many years was he in prison? Add also to his life study. Especially check sources.
? What were his alternate names? Joseph, Souphis, Khufwey, Imhotep?
? What is the significance of 1703BC in his life?
? When did his family come to Egypt?