JOSEPH'S Daughter in Law

NT Bible Story - Part 2

"Mary Magdalene"

Her Ancestry through Manasseh Son of Joseph





A Story remembered from hearing it scores of times at his mother's knee and from Sabbath School teachers and Church School teachers

by Dr. Benjamin Carson MD


    Dr. Ben Carson received a lot of unfavorable publicity early in his campaign to become President of the United States because of his stated belief that the Biblical story of Joseph son of Jacob was true, that there was indeed a 7-year famine in Egypt in the days of Joseph, and that one or several pyramids was connected in some way with the storage of grain supervised by Joseph.

    Doctor Carson was named Benjamin by his mother.  Benjamin was Joseph's younger brother, whose mother Rachel died either while Benjamin was being born, or very soon afterwards.  She named her son Benoni, but Jacob, his father would not accept that name, ("Son of sorrows") but instead named Joseph's new brother Benjamin ("Son of my Right Hand").  Genesis 35:16-20.

    Genesis  41:45 "And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaph-nath-pa-a-ne-ah: --

--and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt."

    50 "And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of the famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him."

    51 "And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house."

    52 "And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of affliction."

    Genesis 49:1 "And Jacob called all his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days,"

     2 "Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father."

    22 "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:--"

       23 "The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him;-      24 "But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

      25 "Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings from heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:--" 

     26 "The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was seperate from his brethren,"

      48:1 "And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim."

     2 "And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed."

     12 "And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth."

     13 "And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near to him."

     14 "And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hand's wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn."

     20 "And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh."

     In the Bible books of Numbers and Deuteronomy we are told what parts of Canaan each of Jacob's sons, whose descendents became the "12 Tribes of Israel" conquered or infiltrated or immigrated to, whatever the actual way of settling may actually have been the case. Manasseh actually had two areas, East Manasseh and West Manasseh.  Both in the north, not far from or bordering on the Sea of Galilee.

     The Book of Judges gives us some more information about a Judge called Jair which was either, one assumes, this son of Manasseh, or a descendent of him, or at least related to him in some way or another.

    Judges 10:3 "And after him (Tola) arose JAIR, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two years."

     4 "And he had thirty sons that rode thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havoth-jair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead."

     5 "And Jair died, and was buried in Camon."

    Ira the Jairite

was a famous man in David's time, whom he appointed a chief ruler or priest -- (he may have been one of David's mighty men also - a picture of which Tissot has painted)

      We can know that Capernaum, in which Jesus in the Gospels is shown spending a lot of time and performing a lot of his miracles, a town or city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, was located in or near  the territory occupied by the tribe of Manasseh in this map.

       And the area ruled over by the judge named Jair and his 30 sons is clearly marked on this map just southeast of the Sea of Galilee.

      Now we'll skip about 1000 years of unknown genealogies to the time of Jesus Christ, who we do know claimed to be a descendent of both Judah and King David, who "healed" by "raising from the dead", the daughter of a "Ruler of the Synagogue" whose name was --

Jairus, the Greek form of Jair

 Luke 8:41 "And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house,"

    42 "For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying.  But as he went the people thronged him."

    Luke here wants his readers to assume that Jesus was interrupted here in fulfilling Jairus' request for Jesus to come heal his dying 12 year old daughter by his being being "touched"-- his garment grabbed -- by a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years -- while this bleeding woman was being healed, Jairus' daughter died.  We'll explain the "bleeding woman" story on the next page.

    Luke 8:49 "While he yet spake, there came one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying unto him, Thy daughter is dead, trouble not the Master."

    50 "But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole."

    51 "And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden."

     52 "And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth."

     53 "And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead."

     54 "And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise."

     55 "And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat."

The Raising of Jairus' Daughter

was actually the Betrothal of

Mary Magdalene

    ---who was really 24 years old, not 12 years old as Luke says she was in his account of this occasion that we have just read.

On our next page, we'll solve a lot of mysterious PUZZLES, which will include --

1) The ISIS connection of Mary Magdalene (Her descent from Asenath, the Egyptian daughter of Potipherah, priest of the sun god.)

2) The difference between Jacob's prophecy for Judah (Jesus' ancestor) and that for Joseph (Mary Magdalene's ancestor).

3) The connection between John's "Wedding at Cana of Galilee" and Mark and Luke's "Raising of Jairus' Daughter".

4) Why Mark's story of the "Raising of Jairus' Daughter" is a little more appropriate and detailed than Luke's account given here.

5) Why this story is "interrupted" by the touch of Jesus' garment by the "bleeding woman" who had not been healed by any physician in both Mark's account and Luke's account.

6) The Old Testament Joseph story connection to the "bleeding woman" story.

7) Why Jesus spent time in a place called EPHRAIM not long before he was crucified.

8) How what happened in EPHRAIM is related to a Feast in Bethany the very week that Jesus was crucified, a feast in which Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus head and feet with Spikenard perfumed ointment.


To discover that Mary Magdalene was actually the New Testament Joseph's Daughter-in-Law

Click Here for Part 3 in this Series!


Who wrote Genesis?


WAbraham and Sarah in Egypt


12 Sons for Jacob-Israel


Joseph the Dreamer


Imhotep 1



Imhotep 2




Grain Storage


Joseph Sold into Slavery


Tempted and in Prison


Pharaoh's Dreams


Joseph Grand Visier


Who Copied Who?


Magdalene 1


 Magdalene 2


NT Joseph Jesus' Father