XLVI. And it came to pass that after Jacob died the children of Israel multiplied in the land of Egypt, and they became a great nation, and they were of one accord in heart, so that brother loved brother and every man helped his brother, and they increased abundantly and multiplied exceedingly, ten weeks
of Egypt. 4. And he died and all his brethren and all that generation. 5. And he commanded the children of Israel before he died that they should carry his bones with them when they went forth from the land of Egypt. 1 6. And he made them swear regarding his bones, for he knew that the Egyptians would not again bring forth and bury him in the land of Canaan, 2 for Mâkamârôn, 3 king of Canaan, while dwelling in the land of Assyria, fought in the valley with the king of Egypt and slew him there, and pursued after the Egyptians to the gates of Êrmôn. 4 7. But he was not able to enter, for another, a new king, had become king of Egypt, 5 and he was stronger than he, and he returned to the land of Canaan, and the gates of Egypt were closed, and none went out and none came into Egypt. 8. And Joseph died
[paragraph continues] Amram thy father remained with them 1. 11. And the king of Canaan was victorious over the king of Egypt, and he closed the gates of Egypt. 12. And he devised an evil device against the children of Israel of afflicting them; and he said unto the people of Egypt: 13. "Behold the people of the children of Israel have increased and multiplied more than we. Come and let us deal wisely with them before they become too many, and let us afflict them with slavery before war come upon us and before they too fight against us; else they will join themselves unto our enemies and get them up out of our land, for their hearts and faces are towards the land of Canaan." 14. And he set over them taskmasters to afflict them with slavery; and they built strong 2 cities for Pharaoh, Pithom and Raamses, and they built all the walls and all the fortifications which had fallen in the cities of Egypt. 15. And they made them serve with rigour, and the more they dealt evilly with them, the more they increased and multiplied. 16. And the people of Egypt abominated the children of Israel.
201:1 Cf. Gen. xlix. i ff.
201:2 Cf. Gen. xlvii. 22.
201:3 Cf. Gen. l. 13.
201:4 Note that the tribal traditions are represented by our author as in the keeping of the priests (Levi and his descendants).
201:5 Cf. Exod. i.
201:6 Cf. xxiii. 29.
201:7 Cf. Gen. l. 22, 26; Exod. i. 6.
202:1 Cf. Gen. l. 25.
202:2 Cf. Test. Simeon viii. 3 f. ("For the bones of Joseph the Egyptians guarded in the tombs of the kings. For the sorcerers told them that on the departure of the bones of Joseph there should be throughout all the land darkness and gloom," etc.).
202:3 Identification unknown.
202:4 i. e. Heroônpolis (close to the desert).
202:5 ? Rameses III (1202-1171), founder of the 20th dynasty, who repulsed an invasion of peoples from the north and twice marched through Canaan, and in North Canaan defeated the invaders. The war between Egypt and Canaan, mentioned in our text, is referred to in Test. Simeon viii. 2. A war between Cush and Egypt, in which Moses led the Egyptians, is referred to by Josephus (Ant. ii. 10). In Chron. Jerahmeel xlv. it is between Cush and Syria.