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Meaning and etymology of the name Asenath

Asenath Asenath

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

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). NOBS 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 ason ('ason), mischief, evil, harm; a word that is used prior and directly after the Egyptian years (Genesis 42:4, 38, 44:29; Exodus 21:22-23).

That way the name Asenath would have sounded like Evils, Harmful Things.



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