How many brothers did Joseph have?
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How many brothers did Joseph have?

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Joseph, the son of Jacob, had 11 brothers: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin. According to the book of Genesis, the12 brothers are the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel that bear their names.

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Genesis describes Joseph as the favorite son of his father Jacob. Joseph's brothers were jealous of him and sold him into slavery to a caravan bound for Egypt. Many years later, the brothers were sent to Egypt to beg for food due to a great famine. To their astonishment, Joseph, now vizier of Egypt, welcomed them and invited their families to take up residence in Egypt.

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