In the Old Testament, Joseph is the son of Jacob and Rachel, the patriarch. As Jacob's name became synonymous with all of Israel, Joseph's name finally became synonymous with all of the tribes that comprised the northern kingdom. After this point, he is always called "Joseph" to distinguish him from his father.
After the death of his father, Jacob left his homeland for another country, which was then controlled by a foreign power. There, he met two powerful men who were rivals for power over their countries: one was named Benjamin (who was also Joseph's personal name) and the other was named David. It was because of these two men that Joseph eventually found himself in such high positions of authority.
Under Jacob's guidance, Israel moved from the land of Canaan into Egypt. There, they lived as foreigners for several decades until Moses led them out of slavery into the promised land. During this time, Joseph helped his family survive through many trials and difficulties. When Israel began to prosper, Joseph gave each tribe its own territory where it could live in peace.
Finally, when Joseph died, he was ready to join his father in heaven. But first, he told Judah to go and settle in a place called Hebron because this is where his heart was willed to rest.
Rachel gave birth to Jacob's two sons, Joseph and Benjamin. The tribe of Benjamin gave birth to Israel's first king, Saul, and was eventually absorbed into the tribe of Judah. While there was no tribe named after Joseph, two tribes were named after his sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
Joseph was a member of the tribe of Benjamin, but he was born in Egypt and therefore belonged to the same clan or family group as Rachel and Jacob. In ancient times, people often took their names from their clans or families rather than their tribes or nations. For example, King David was anointed by his father, who anoints him with oil because he is the son of his body. Even though David was a member of the tribe of Judah, he was also a member of the house or line of Perez who was the chief of that tribe. After David died, his son Solomon became king and inherited all of David's treasures and powers.
In Israel, people usually belonged to one of three groups: priests, warriors, or farmers. Although Joseph was trained to be a priest like his father before him, he probably worked as a warrior since this is what most high-ranking officials did. Warriors protected the people by fighting wars and serving as judges.
It is possible that Joseph had many children who lived long enough to marry and have children of their own.
The name Joseph is derived from the Latin version of the Greek Ioseph, as well as the Hebrew name Yosef, which means "He shall add" and is derived from the root Yasaf. Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob, the traditional progenitor of the Israelites, according to the Old Testament Bible. He was born near Beersheba, in the southern part of modern-day Israel, to a father who was then 100 years old and a mother who was 73. Both of them were already dead by the time he was brought into the world.
In Egypt, he became the favorite of Pharaoh's wife, who had many other children. When his brothers came to visit him, they were shocked to discover that he was not only alive but also grew more powerful every day. Eventually, they decided to return home without him so he wouldn't be hurt by their rejection. But an angel of God appeared to Joseph before they left and warned him of their arrival. He then took him down to the bottom of the Nile River where the rest of his family was waiting for him.
Joseph has been praised for his wisdom and courage throughout history. The New Testament contains several passages referring to him, including Matthew 1:16 and Luke 2:34-35.
In addition to being Jesus' grandfather, Joseph is also His great-grandfather.
Benjamin was one of the 12 tribes that comprised the people of Israel, and one of the two tribes (together with Judah) that subsequently formed the Jewish people, according to biblical tradition. The tribe was named after the younger of Jacob's (also known as Israel's) two children, Rachel. She died in childbirth, and Jacob was forced to leave her body at a well near his home town of Beersheba. He ordered the members of his household to take some of the jewelry off her body and return it to its owner. This ceremony is called "atoning for her" or "paying for her".
The tribe originated in the southern portion of the country, where it settled after being expelled from Egypt by Joshua. They were given land of their own, which they tended with sheep and cattle. Although the tribe originally included only the descendants of Joseph, later traditions added other families, such as the descendants of Manasseh.
Their main cities were Gibeon, Beth-horon, Aphek and Laish.
The last king of the tribe was Saul, who became the first king of Israel. After his death, his son David became the first king of both Israel and of Judah. The tribe is most famous for having Jesus Christ as a member of it; he was born in Bethlehem, which is today part of Israel. However, during His ministry and on the cross, He belonged to the tribe of Judah.