Pseudo Jonathan Genesis 41:41


Thou shalt be superintendent over my house, and by the decree of thy mouth shall all my people be armed only in the throne of the kingdom will I be greater than thou. And Pharoh said to Joseph, See, I have appointed thee prince over the land of Mizraim. And Pharoh took off his ring from his hand, and set it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in vestments of fine linen, and set a collar of gold upon his neck, and made him ride in the second chariot of Pharoh; and they chanted before him, This is the Father of the king; Great in wisdom, few in years. And he appointed him prince over all the land of Mizraim.

Acts 7:10

New Testament

8 Then God gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision, and so he became the father of Isaac and circumcised him when he was eight days old, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs. 9 The patriarchs, because they were jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt. But God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his troubles, and granted him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Then a famine occurred throughout Egypt and Canaan, causing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food. 12 So when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there the first time.

 Notes and References

"... What Stephen speaks in v. 10c seems to be summed up in Gn 41:38-45, but is nearer materially to Ps 104:21 (LXX). Haenchen (1971:279) notes that “this Psalm is important as exemplifying the edification drawn by the Jews from their history between Abraham and Moses” (see also Josephus, Ant 2:87-94; Philo, Jos 119-162; Jub 40:10; Artapanus, On the Jews and Joseph and Aseneth). Wilcox (1965:27-28) remarks that the Lukan reading may be connected with “the textual tradition” sustained in the late Targum Pseudo-Jonathan (the similarity corresponds to Targum Yerushalmi). That is why the equivalent of the Gk word is lacking in the MT, LXX, and the Samaritan version, but it is found in the Targum Pseudo-Jonathan of Gn 41:41, 43. The Lukan text however may have a greater effect on that tradition (Fitzmyer 1998:373). ..."

Kim, Ju-Won Old Testament Quotations within the Context of Stephen's Speech in Acts (pp. 52-53) Pretoria University, 2007

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