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    Genesis 50:22-26

    Gen 50:22-26 . . So Joseph and his father's household remained in
    Egypt. Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. Joseph lived to see
    children of the third generation of Ephraim: the children of Machir,
    son of Manasseh, were likewise born upon Joseph's knees.

    . . . At length, Joseph said to his kin: I am about to die. God will
    surely take notice of you and bring you up from this land to the land
    that He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. So
    Joseph made the children of Israel swear, saying: When God has
    taken notice of you, you shall carry up my bones from here.

    . . . Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and he was
    embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.

    Josephs' "coffin" was probably an ornate mummy case; and kept in storage
    above ground in a special location sort of like a shrine or a memorial. As
    they say: Out of sight, out of mind. Keeping Joseph's remains perpetually on
    view would make it difficult for the people of Israel to forget him.

    Did Joseph ever make it back home again? Yes; he finally did.

    "Now the Israelites went up armed out of the land of Egypt. And Moses took
    with him the bones of Joseph, who had exacted an oath from the children of
    Israel, saying: God will be sure to take notice of you; then you shall carry up
    my bones from here with you." (Ex 13:18-19)

    "The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were
    buried at Shechem, in the piece of ground which Jacob had bought for a
    hundred kesitahs from the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, and which
    had become a heritage of Joseph's progeny." (Josh 24:32)

    Genesis records Jacob purchasing the property (Gen 33:17-20). But Stephen
    said it was Abraham's transaction (Acts 7:15-16) which strongly suggests
    that the county recorder in the community of Shechem was a bit careless
    with his paperwork and let Abraham's deed slip through a crack;
    necessitating Jacob pay for the lot all over again; no doubt at a higher price
    the second time around.

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