Asenath was the daughter of Potipherah, priestly prince of On which the Greeks called Heliopolis. Upon Josephs ascension to Egyptian power, Pharaoh gave Asenath as wife to Joseph to bind his heart to the Egyptian Empire. According to the Jewish Historian Josephus, Asenath was a virgin and a wife of very high quality. She gave Joseph two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim (two tribes of Israel). Legend records Asenath as a heroine of a remarkable Jewish and Gentile romance in which she renounced her false gods before her marriage.Scripture Reference Genesis 41:45
Alan M. Jones is Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, Art Director at the Literacy Imperative Center in Knoxville, TN, and has worked as Research Associate with the Community Partnership Center of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Alan is also an accomplished freelance artist.
As an artist, he paints under the pseudonym “Theophilus”. His paintings reflect black heritage, social statement, and biblical themes in an effort to strengthen his community. Blacks in The Bible and Urban Inner Visions are two projects he continues to explore. He has completed Church Murals, community murals and portraits as well. He recently completed the design for the new Black Cultural Center Brick Frieze and the tile floor for the University of Tennessee.
As a Research Associate and Pastor, he has been involved in an initiative entitled "The Clinton Desegregation Project: before Little Rock” in which he is working with Knoxville Youth and Church Members to review and commemorate through visual art, music, and narration the significant Civil Rights history regarding the desegregation of Clinton High School.
Prior to his ministry, Alan worked for approximately 20 years with Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation in a variety of positions including Administrator for Community Based Programs and Human Resources.