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Rich Jewish Heritage at Embattled Joseph’s Tomb

“The bones of Joseph which the Children of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried in Shechem in the portion of the field that had been purchased by Jacob.”
The Palestinians have desecrated Joseph's Tomb on more than one occasion.

The Palestinians have desecrated Joseph's Tomb on more than one occasion.

The late Dr. Zvi Ilan, one of Israel’s foremost archaeologists, once described Joseph’s Tomb as “one of the tombs whose location is known with the utmost degree of certainty and based on continuous documentation since biblical times.”

The Torah tells us that, though Joseph was initially buried in Egypt, Moses took them with the Israelites as they escaped from slavery since Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear, saying, ‘G-d will surely visit you and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.’” However, the very fact that Moses managed to find the bones of Joseph was itself miraculous, given that over 210 years had passed.(Exodus 13:19).

The Talmud explains how that happened. “It is related that Serah, daughter of Asher, was a survivor of that generation. Moses went to her and asked if she knew where her uncle was buried. She answered him, ‘The Egyptians made a metal coffin for him which they fixed in the river Nile so that its waters shall be blessed.’ Moses went and stood on the bank of the Nile and exclaimed, ‘Joseph, Joseph! The time has arrived which the Holy One blessed be He swore-I will deliver you and the oath which thou didst impose upon the Israelite has reached the time of fulfillment.’ Immediately Joseph’s coffin floated on the surface of the water.

According to the Book of Joshua (24:32), “The bones of Joseph which the Children of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried in Shechem in the portion of the field that had been purchased by Jacob.” This means that the remains of Joseph who is known for his colorful robe, being sold into bondage by his jealous brothers, and rescuing the region from a deadly famine, have been resting in Joseph’s Tomb since the Exodus.

Ancient rabbinic texts, Midrashic literature, the early church historian Eusebius, Arab geographers, medieval Jewish pilgrims, and even 19th century British cartographers all agree regarding the location of Joseph’s Tomb. As William Cooke Taylor wrote in 1838, “The present monument is a place of resort not only for Jews and Christians but Mohammedans and Samaritans; all of whom concur in the belief that it stands on the verifiable spot where the patriarch was buried.” John Wilson, writing in 1847, claimed that on Joseph’s Tomb there were many visitors’ names, written in Hebrew and Samaritan letters, with one of them said to intimate the tomb’s repair by a Jew from Egypt, Elijah son of Meir, around 1749.

Following the Six Day War, Israel regained access to Joseph’s Tomb and in the 1980’s, a Jewish seminary was built at the holy site. While Shechem (Nablus) was given over to the Palestinian Authority in 1995, Israel retained control of this holy Jewish site. However, in October 2000, violent clashes that occurred around Joseph’s Tomb caused Israel to withdraw, with the understanding that the Palestinian Authority police would keep the order. It remains unclear what role these authorities played as a mob ransacked Joseph’s Tomb, including destroying Jewish holy books. Soon afterwards, the Palestinians attempted to rebuild Joseph’s Tomb as a mosque. Since then, the Palestinians have desecrated the holy site on more than one occasion. And, as of this writing, only a limited number of Israelis are allowed to visit Joseph’s Tomb once a month, and under tight IDF supervision.

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About the Author: Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language internet edition of Israel's Channel 2 News. She completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. The subject of her MA thesis was: "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media."


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2 Responses to “Rich Jewish Heritage at Embattled Joseph’s Tomb”

  1. Stuart Wragg says:

    We are told that we should not be afraid as these things will happen as we wait upon The Lord

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    since the Arabs desecrated it, our Charedim should retake it and guard it.

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