How did Joseph prove who he was to his brothers?


How did Joseph prove to his brothers that he was Joseph and not an Egyptian?


He had knowledge that only a brother could possibly have.

  • He knew the birth order of the adult brothers. "And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth; and the men looked in astonishment at one another" (Genesis 43:33).
  • He spoke their language.
  • He spoke with them. "Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him" (Genesis 45:15). Thus, he could show he remembered events from childhood.
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