Asenath had saved Joseph's life while she was still an
infant in arms. When Joseph was accused of immoral conduct
by Potiphar's wife and the other women, and his master
was on the point of having him hanged, Asenath approached
her foster-father, and she assured him under oath that the
charge against Joseph was false. Then spake God, "As
thou livest, because thou didst try to defend Joseph, thou
shalt be the woman to bear the tribes that he is appointed
to beget.[189]

Asenath bore him two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, during
the seven years of plenty, for in the time of famine
Joseph refrained from all indulgence in the pleasures of

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