Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
To this he replied: "Brothers and fathers,1 listen to me! The God of glory2 appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.33
'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you.'a44
"So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living.55
He gave him no inheritance here,6 not even a foot of ground. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land,7 even though at that time Abraham had no child.
God spoke to him in this way: 'Your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.87
But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,' God said, 'and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.'b98
Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision.10 And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth.11 Later Isaac became the father of Jacob,12 and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.139
"Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph,14 they sold him as a slave into Egypt.15 But God was with him1610
and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.1711
"Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.1812
When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.1913
On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was,20 and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.2114
After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family,22 seventy-five in all.2315
Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.2416
Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.2517
"As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased.2618
Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.2719
He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our forefathers by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.2820
"At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child.c For three months he was cared for in his father's house.2921
When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.3022
Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians31 and was powerful in speech and action.