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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter V

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1And behold, one of the young men from Pentephres's retinue burst in and said, Lo, Joseph is at the gates of our court. 2And Aseneth quickly left her father and her mother and ran upstairs and went into her room and stood at the big window that looked towards the east, so as to see Joseph as he came into her father's house. 3And Pentephres and his wife and all his relations went out to meet Joseph. 4And the gates of the court that looked east were opened, and Joseph came in, sitting in Pharaoh's viceroy's chariot. 5And there were four horses yoked together, white as snow, with golden reins; and the chariot was covered over 1 Lit. ‘shaded over’. Is the reference to a golden awning over the chariot, or was the chariot itself overlaid with gold? with gold. 6And Joseph was wearing a marvellous white tunic, and the robe wrapped round him was purple, made of linen woven with gold: there was a golden crown on his head, and all round the crown were 2 the crown were: B om. twelve precious stones, and above the stones twelve golden rays; and a royal sceptre was in his right hand. 7And he held an olive branch stretched out, and there was much fruit on it. 8And Joseph came into the court, and the gates were shut. 9And strangers, whether men or women, remained outside, because the gatekeepers had shut the doors. 3 D adds ‘and all strangers were shut out’. 10And Pentephres came, and his wife, and all his relatives, except their daughter Aseneth; and they made obeisance to Joseph with their faces to the ground. 11And Joseph got down from his chariot and extended his right hand to them.

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1 Lit. ‘shaded over’. Is the reference to a golden awning over the chariot, or was the chariot itself overlaid with gold?

2 the crown were: B om.

3 D adds ‘and all strangers were shut out’.

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