These were the sages trained in the wisdom of Egypt (Acts ), and by his marriage to the daughter of one of these sages, Joseph became assimilated with the priestly caste—heathen in nature.
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Name Meaning—An Egyptian name implying, “one who belongs to Neit the heathen goddess of wisdom, of Sais.”Family Connections—Three times over Asenath is spoke of as “the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On.” This priest was associated with the “Great Temple of the Sun” at Heliopolis, near to modern Cairo.
She became the wife of Joseph, Egypt’s great deliverer, and before famine stalked the land bore two sons, Manasseh, meaning, “God hath removed from me all my troubles and from my father’s house”; and Ephraim, implying, “God hath made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”The marriage Pharaoh arranged between Joseph and Asenath revealed his determination to completely identify Joseph with Egyptian life.
It’s a Gospel before the Gospels.”The book has already been announced on Jacobovici’s website and in interviews with the media, but the official launch and big reveals will come in a high-profile press conference to be held at the British Library in London on Wednesday, November 12.
In the meantime, much of the book is already available online, and scholarly criticism has already started to trickle in.
This volume is a comprehensive but accessible guide to the major questions raised by the Hellenistic Jewish work, Joseph and Aseneth.