Joshua 24:32

32 1As for the bones of Joseph, which the people of Israel brought up from Egypt, they buried them at Shechem, in the piece of land 2that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money.[a] It became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.

Joshua 24:32 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 24:32

And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought
up out of Egypt
At the request, and by the order of Joseph, ( Genesis 50:25 ) ; which were punctually observed by the children of Israel under the direction and command of Moses, and therefore is ascribed to him, as here to them, ( Exodus 13:19 ) ;

buried they in Shechem;
not in the city, but in a field near it, as the next clause shows. The Jews in their Cippi Hebraici say F7, that Joseph was buried at a village called Belata, a sabbath day's journey from Shechem; but Jerom says F8 he was buried in Shechem, and his monument was to be seen there in his time. Not that they buried him at the same time Joshua was buried, but very probably as soon as the tribe of Ephraim was in the quiet possession of this place; though the historian inserts the account of it here, taking an occasion for it from the interment of Joshua:

in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor, the
father of Shechem, for an hundred pieces of silver;
of which purchase (See Gill on Genesis 33:19);

and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph;
and particularly of the tribe of Ephraim by lot, agreeably to the gift and disposal of it by Jacob to Joseph, (See Gill on Genesis 48:22).


FOOTNOTES:

F7 Ut supra. (Cippi Heb. p. 32.)
F8 Quaest. Heb. in Genesim, fol. 73. C.

Joshua 24:32 In-Context

30 And they buried him in his own inheritance at Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash.
31 Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the LORD did for Israel.
32 As for the bones of Joseph, which the people of Israel brought up from Egypt, they buried them at Shechem, in the piece of land that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money. It became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.
33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died, and they buried him at Gibeah, the town of Phinehas his son, which had been given him in the hill country of Ephraim.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Genesis 50:25; Exodus 13:19
  • 2. Genesis 33:19

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew for a hundred qesitah; a unit of money of unknown value