Joseph’s timeline and family tree

By Mark Morgan | Family trees

Nov 08

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and then Joseph: here are Joseph’s timeline and family tree.

Joseph’s life – timeline

Joseph lived for 110 years – which seems like a long time to us, but was significantly shorter than the lives of his ancestors, including his father Jacob, who died at the age of 147.

Only a small part – just 11 years – of Joseph’s life was spent in the land of Canaan. About 93 years were spent in Egypt.

Joseph: timeline and family tree

Some of the ages mentioned above are calculated from other details. For example, the age at which he left Paddan-aram, how old he was when he interpreted the dream for the butler and the baker, and his age when Jacob died.

The synchronisation of ages between Jacob and Joseph is found through computation, based on the following facts.

  1. We know Jacob’s age when he went to Egypt because in Genesis 47:9 he tells Pharaoh that he was 130 years old.
  2. Joseph’s age at that time is computed from:
    • Genesis 41:46 says that Joseph was 30 years old when he entered Pharaoh’s service. As soon as he did so, the time of plenty predicted by Pharaoh’s dreams began.
    • Genesis 41:47 and 53 tell us that 7 years of plenty came in Egypt, followed by famine.
    • Genesis 45:6 and 11 tell us that when Joseph sent his brothers back to Canaan to bring Jacob to Egypt, there had been two years of famine.

Thus we can say that Joseph was 39 years old when Jacob went to Egypt.

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Interestingly, this synchronisation also allows us to work out that Jacob was 91 years old when Joseph was born.

Joseph’s life – family tree

Joseph's family tree

This family tree concentrates on Joseph and his family. As a result, Abraham’s brothers and Lot are excluded and Keturah’s children are not named with the exception of Midian whose descendants are mentioned in the sale of Joseph into slavery.

Note that this family tree is also available in Powerpoint (with embedded font), SVG, PDF (with embedded font) or in PNG format at other resolutions. If you would like to have any of these, just click on the link or contact me.

See also

If you are looking for maps from Joseph’s time, see our blog post “Joseph: maps”.

Joseph, Rachel’s son

This is one of a series of articles on Joseph published as back-up material for the Bible-based fiction novel Joseph, Rachel’s son.

A young boy with 11 brothers; favourite of his father; chosen of God.

Joseph, Rachel’s son, lived a privileged life in Canaan until his jealous brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. There, the favourite son learned hardship and faced undeserved punishment.

Overcoming one trial after another, he finally faces the greatest test of all: power over his brothers. When they bow before him – as prophesied so many years before – will he take revenge, or show the forgiveness that comes from God?

Beloved son, envied brother, betrayed slave, hopeless prisoner, ruler of Egypt, but, above all, servant of God – this is Joseph’s story.

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