You are familiar with one of the twelve sons of Jacob, Joseph, the eleventh son (of the coat of many colors). He might be the lad that got the story started. The Holy Bible states: Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard. Genesis 37:36.
But it is not just a story; it is God’s plan. Some 300 years before it actually occurred, God told Abraham of the plan:
Then the Lord said to him (Abraham), “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward, they will come out with great possessions. You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation, your descendants will come back here (Canaan), for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” Genesis 15:13-16.
Seeking the truth of historical events, especially in Egypt, has been hard to come by. Dating and chronology have been difficult with their meager recordkeeping and overlapping Pharaoh’s reigns. Some Egypt Pharaohs reigns should be moved back (or earlier) in time to coincide with the Biblical chronology. But the question is, how much?
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