How old was Joseph when Rebecca died?

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 8 2016 2:13 PM

How old was Joseph when Rebecca died?  How did I use my Logos library to find out?

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 2:56 PM

The bible does not mention the death of Rebecca (or Rebekah), grandmother of Joseph, so your Logos library cannot help.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 2:58 PM

Josh Hunt:

How old was Joseph when Rebecca died?  How did I use my Logos library to find out?

From a quick check I don't think we have an account of the death of Rebekah - Gen 49:31 notes she was buried

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HansK | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 3:05 PM

Josh Hunt:

How old was Joseph when Rebecca died?  How did I use my Logos library to find out?

There is no mention of Rebekah's death in Scripture, only the place of her burial is mentioned in Gen 49.31.

I have started Factbook for 'Rebekah' and consulted AYBD and ISBE Rev to find out.

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 3:09 PM

oops...

Meant to say Rachael--Joseph's mother. She died giving birth to Benjamin. 

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David P. Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 3:16 PM

The Hastings dictionary notes that Rebekah died before Jacob's return from Haran. The Jewish Encyclopedia indicates he was in the process of returning home when she died. There is a significant paragraph on her age and death there.Several books state that Jacob was 90-91 when Joseph was born, so it could be possible that Rebekah died before Joseph was born. Some books suggest Rebekah died before she saw Jacob again because of her deception.

I pick up all of this by doing "rebekah died" across my library, and as a more focused search: "rebekah died" NEAR jacob.

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David P. Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 3:17 PM

Josh Hunt:
Meant to say Rachae

So after all that....Big Smile

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HansK | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 3:26 PM

Josh Hunt:

oops...

Meant to say Rachael--Joseph's mother. She died giving birth to Benjamin. 

This is from Mauro's Wonders of Bible Chronology (a PB of mine):

Depending on your library, but I got some interesting hits entering this: "death of Rachel" NEAR Joseph.

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 3:41 PM

I went to Timeline; the source of these dates is unclear to me, but you asked how to use Logos. Set the filter for Joseph and saw the early date is 1914-1805 BC. Set the filter to Benjamin, get nothing useful. Set the filter to Rachel. I see the early date for the second set of seven years he worked is 1921-1914 BC. So the Logos Timeline seems to think Joseph was conceived when they had been married 7 years (I read the text as saying that Joseph worked 7 years for Leah, married Leah, took a week honeymoon, married Rachel, worked 7 years for Rachel then 7 years for property). So Jacob finished working for Laban in 1907 BC.

Now, since Genesis 35:26 says that all of the children were "begotten" in Paddan-Aram, but Benjamin is actually born in Canaan, Rachel's death must be within 9 months of 1907 BC. In fact, I would say it must be close to that, because she was not visibly pregnant when they left (Genesis 31:35). So let's say Rachel died in 1906 BC, when Joseph was 8. Since Joseph was 30 when he was appointed to Pharaoh's court and Israel's sons came during the 2nd year of the famine, Joseph was 39 when they came. This makes little boy Benjamin, who Israel was so worried about 31 years old, about the same age Jesus was when He began His public ministry.

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 8 2016 3:42 PM

Hans K:
This is from Mauro's Wonders of Bible Chronology (a PB of mine):

Interesting how much earlier those are than the "early" dates on the Timeline.

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