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The name Asenath in the Bible

Asenath is the daughter of Potiphera, wife of Joseph, and mother of Manasseh and Ephraim (Genesis 41:50-52).

Etymology and meaning of the name Asenath

According to Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names the name Asenath comes from an Egyptian word, meaning Who Belongs To Neir (Neir was the Egyptian goddess of wisdom). NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Belonging To Neir. BDB Theological Dictionary reads Belonging to Neith; Favorite Of Neith.

However, a Hebrew word that very well may have been associated with this name is אסון ('ason), meaning mischief, evil, harm:

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This noun is used only five times in the Bible; just prior and directly after the Egypt years and the name Asenath may possibly have sounded like Evils or Harmful Things.

Another word that may have been associated with the name Asenath is the Aramaic noun אסנא, meaning thorn bush:

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