Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Genesis 50:4, 5
When Jacob died in Egypt, Joseph wants to carry out his father’s instructions and bury him in Canaan. He was (or at least had been) the ruler of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh and yet he asks Pharaoh’s permission to do so and instead of going directly to Pharaoh, he goes to Pharaoh’s court and asks those there to speak to Pharaoh on his behalf. Had he lost his status in Egypt? Why did he have to ask permission and why not go directly to Pharaoh himself if he thought he needed that permission?