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pageId="iii"Oxford Bible Atlas Contextualizes the stories and lands of the Bible through user-friendly maps and illustrations.

Joseph

Joseph's story centres on Egypt, but begins in Canaan and in a sense ends there. He was sent by his father Jacob to visit his brothers who had been pasturing their flocks near Shechem but who had moved on to Dothan (Gen. 37: 12–17 ). They sold him to a caravan of Ishmaelites who took him down to Egypt where, after initial setbacks, he is said to have achieved a position of prominence in the land, and to have been joined by his brothers and his father Jacob (Gen. 39–49 ). Jacob died in Egypt, his body was embalmed and taken back to Canaan where it was buried in the cave of Machpelah (Gen. 49: 33–50: 13 ). Joseph, having buried his father, returned to Egypt where he died and his body was embalmed (Gen. 50: 14, 22–6 ). But the narrative also says that Moses took Joseph's bones with him when he led the Israelites out of Egypt (Exod. 13: 19 ) and Joshua 24: 32 records that they were ultimately buried at Shechem.

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