He was not satisfied with a simple promise from Joseph,
that he would do his wish; he insisted upon his taking an
oath by the sign of the covenant of Abraham, putting a hand
under his thigh in accordance with the ceremony customary
among the Patriarchs![349] But Joseph said: "Thou treatest
me like a slave. With me thou hast no need to require an
oath. Thy command sufficeth." Jacob, however, urged
him, saying: "I fear Pharaoh may command thee to bury me
in the sepulchre with the kings of Egypt. I insist that thou
takest an oath, and then I will be at peace." Joseph gave
in,[350] though he would not submit to the ceremony that
Eliezer had used to confirm the oath he took at the request
of his master Abraham. The slave acted in accordance with

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