Joseph's rewarding and investiture (Genesis 41: 41-43) and the Gold of Honour in New Kingdom Egypt

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Abstract

Against the backdrop of this author's Egyprological research on the Gold of Honour in the New Kingdom, the paper reports on the findings and (re)turns to the Bible scholars, who were the first to present detailed research on the Egyptian phenomenon of rewarding with gold in conjunction with their interest in the Biblical narrative of Joseph. The main characteristics of the Gold of Honour are summarised and it emerges as a powerful political tool under the sole control of the king who in his selection of officials could break the bounds of the conventional ranking system in society. The paper reviews the parallels between the Egyptian sources and the verses in Genesis 41. The diachronic dimension and development of a text are acknowledged, and issues concerning the transmission of narrative motifs, their origin and survival are raised.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEgypt, Canaan and Israel
Subtitle of host publicationhistory, imperialism, ideology and literature : proceedings of a conference at the University of Haifa, 3-7 May 2009
EditorsS. Bar, D. Kahn, J. J. Shirley
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Pages40-60
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9789004194939
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventEgypt, Canaan and Israel : History, Imperialism and Ideology - Haifa
Duration: 3 May 20097 May 2009

Publication series

NameCulture and history of the ancient Near East
PublisherBrill
Volume52
ISSN (Print)1566-2055

Conference

ConferenceEgypt, Canaan and Israel : History, Imperialism and Ideology
CityHaifa
Period3/05/097/05/09

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