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Joseph's Tomb
   
submitted by Turathuna Bethlehem University
23.01.2007

When he was old and near to death, Jacob recognized as his the two sons that Joseph had had in Egypt: 'Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine as Reuben and Simeon are' (Gen 48,5), and prophesied to Joseph: 'God will be with you, and will bring you again to the land of your fathers' (Gen 48,21). Jacob also made a special gift to the son who had been able to forgive the perfidy of his brothers, who had always been generous: 'Moreover I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope which I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow' (Gen 48,22). That mountain slope might well be Shechem. Then Jacob called his sons, and said, "Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in days to come" (Gen 49, 1). Joseph is the only one of the twelve to be really blessed by his father, and is called nazir, consecrated or especially chosen by the Lord: 'The blessings of your father... may they be on the head of Joseph, and on the brow of him who was separate from his brothers' (Gen 49, 26). In these words we see a clear reference to the pre-eminence of the tribes of the Josephites who will live in Samaria in the history of Israel.

When Joseph in turn was on his death bed, he took an oath of the sons of Israel, saying, "God will visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here" (Gen 50, 25). The oath was respected.

To the north of Jacob's well there is Joseph's Tomb, Qabr Yusuf. The nearness of the Tomb to the Well, whose authenticity cannot be doubted, proves that Joseph really was buried in Jacob's field. The tradition has come down without interruption to our days.

In front of the tomb there is a little courtyard shaded by an imposing mulberry-tree, and flanked by two halls where the faithful and their mounts rested; it reminds one of a small caravanserai. From the courtyard one passes under an arcade and hence to the Sepulcher, a bare room measuring about 6 m and 7 m facing north- south. The cenotaph, with the upper part convex and diagonally placed, is surrounded by a simple railing. Over the cenotaph a rug is thrown. At each end there is a stump of column on which incense and spices were once burnt. A bare mihrab is let into the eastern wall, and in the door-post a little mezuzah is to be seen.

Source: "Samaria" by Maria Petrozzi

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