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Bible Q

How long between the deaths of Jacob and Joseph?

54 years.

Joseph entered the service of Pharaoh at the age of 30 (Gen 41:46). He remained there for seven years of plenty and two years of famine before revealing himself to his brothers (Gen 41:48; 45:6). So Joseph was 39 when his family moved to Egypt. Jacob was 130 (Gen 47:9). This means Jacob was 91 at Joseph’s birth.

Jacob died at age 147 (Gen 47:28). Therefore, Joseph was 56 when his father died. Joseph died aged 110 (Gen 50:22), — 54 years later.

Joseph left instructions about his burial with his brothers (Genesis 50:24-26), who were all older than him (other than Benjamin). We can’t be sure how many of his brothers were there at the time as some may have already died.

Further discussion of the chronology of the patriarchs is given in my book The Times, chapter 3.

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