# How many years between the birth of Yosef and Moses?

According to the Torah, how many years between the birth of Yosef and the birth of Moses?

According to Seder Hadorot,

2368-2199 = 169 years.

Note that Joseph was born in the summer (27th of Tammuz), while Moses was born at the end of the winter (7th Adar), so 168.5 years might be a bit more accurate.

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Joseph was 30 years old when he stood before Pharaoh (Genesis 41:46).

Joseph revealed himself and invited Jacob and his family to come to Egypt in the second year of the famine (Genesis 45:6) which would be approximately 9 years later (7 years of plenty plus 2 years of famine).

Moses was 80 when he stood before Pharaoh and initiated the plagues that culminated in the Exodus (Exodus 7:7).

Thus, we can write an equation “39 + X - 80 = Y”, where X is the total years the Israelites spent in Egypt and Y is the number of years between Joseph’s birth and Moses’s birth.

The value of X is subject to dispute among the commentaries, but the most popular view is that it was 210 years. If we go with that we would solve the equation as 39 + 210 - 80 = 169.