GotQuestions is an incredible app which has Q & A's to - it seems - nearly everything about the Bible and Christianity. I am not quite the technology enthusiast, yet, when I discovered this app, I spent long hours with it (and still do). I am just so amazed at how comprehensive it is.
For when I say it has everything, I mean everything. Bible questions, commentaries, church history, apologetics, the list is endless.
Recently, they published an article all about - surprise, surprise - our dear Asenath. Here be an excerpt.
Question: "Who were the priests of On? Was Joseph wrong to marry the daughter of a pagan priest (Genesis 41)?"
Answer: In Genesis 41, we read that Joseph married the daughter of the priest of On. Verse 45 says, “Pharaoh . . . gave [Joseph] Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife.” This seems to go against the Old Testament directive not to intermarry with pagans (Nehemiah 13:27). Was Joseph sinfully embracing Egyptian culture? Or is there more to the story?
First, it is clear that Joseph was “given” a wife by Pharaoh. Joseph had just come from prison to interpret a prophetic dream for Pharaoh. When the dream was interpreted, the king honored Joseph with a high-ranking office in Egypt and placed him in charge of preparing for a future famine. Joseph’s rewards included a new position, a new Egyptian name (“Zaphenath-Paneah”), and an Egyptian wife. Joseph was not given a choice regarding whether to take Asenath as his wife.