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The African Joseph and his contribution to Africa and Ancient Israel (Gen. 41: 41-45)

D. T. Adamo
Theologia Viatorum | Vol 40, No 2 | a8 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/tv.v40i2.8 | © 2019 D. T. Adamo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 May 2019 | Published: 31 December 2016

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D. T. Adamo, University of South Africa, South Africa

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The contentious Africanness of ancient Egypt/Egyptians is discussed at a great length since most Eurocentric biblical scholars erroneously believe that ancient Egypt/Egyptians belong to either Europe or Asia, despite the ancient Egyptian claim in their monuments (inscription of Hasheptsut) that they belong to Africa, precisely Punt. A close examination of Genesis 41:41-45 shows that the purpose of the elaborate ceremony/ritual is not only for Joseph’s promotion to the position of a vizier, but also mainly to make Joseph a full citizen of Egypt/Africa in order that he may be able to perform his duty as an Egyptian Deputy Governor. Unfortunately biblical scholars miss this fact. I have also emphasized that Joseph’s contribution to ancient Israel and Egypt/Africa is of great importance, despite the underestimation of these achievements of an African Joseph. This article aims to emphasize the fact that Joseph was made an African citizen and that he made great contribution to ancient Israel and Africa which is seldom recognized by many biblical scholars.


Africa; Egypt; Joseph; Genesis; Ceremony


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