Death of a Prince

Genesis 50: It’s coming – sooner or later

When Israel had breathed his last, Joseph fell upon him and wept. Then collecting himself, he ordered his father to be embalmed, which took forty days to complete. Accompanied by his family and the Pharaoh’s servants, Joseph took his father’s body for burial to the cave in Canaan where …Continue reading Death of a Prince

The Twelve Tribes of Israel

Genesis 48-49: Jacob’s Death

Joseph and his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, came to visit the ailing Israel. Israel repeated the Abrahamic covenant God had said so many times before, and then for some unknown reason, asserted Manasseh and Ephraim to be his own sons, then reminisced about Rachel, who had died giving birth to Joseph’s brother …Continue reading The Twelve Tribes of Israel

Israel goes to Egypt

Genesis 46-47: Serfdom begins

Israel (Jacob) and company packed up all they had and headed towards Egypt. Stopping for a rest, Israel offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac, who appeared to Israel in a dream. God reiterated the Abrahamic covenant about making a great nation, and the next morning, the group continued on their …Continue reading Israel goes to Egypt

Joseph VII

Genesis 44-45: Ta da!

The next morning, Joseph commanded that the brother’s sacks be filled with food, their money be returned, and that an expensive silver cup be stuffed into Benjamin’s sack. The brothers were sent home. Then, feeling particularly malevolent, Joseph commanded his servant to catch up with them and find out who had “stolen” his …Continue reading Joseph VII

Joseph VI

Genesis 43: A Feast

The famine in Canaan persisted, and when all the corn had been eaten up, Jacob again sent his sons to Egypt to buy some food. “Not unless you send Benjamin with us,” said Judah, one of Joseph’s brothers, “The corn guy said we couldn’t return there unless we’d brought our younger brother.”
“Well why’d …Continue reading Joseph VI

Joseph V

Genesis 42: Spies!

When Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt while the rest of Canaan suffered a famine, he said to his sons, “What are you doing just standing around picking your noses? Get down to Egypt and buy us some corn!”, and so Joseph’s brothers (except Benjamin, lest mischief befall him) went to buy …Continue reading Joseph V

Joseph IV

Genesis 41: Joseph moves up in the world

Some two years after Joseph had been thrown in prison, Pharaoh had a dream that seven fat buffaloes came out of a river followed by seven thin buffaloes, and that the thin buffaloes cannibalized the fat ones. Upon waking, he dozed off again, and had another dream where a …Continue reading Joseph IV

Joseph III

Genesis 40: The self-proclaimed psychic

It came to pass that the Pharaoh’s butler and baker had upset him and were thrown into the very same prison in which Joseph was being kept (or rather, was now working as a warden). One night after disturbing dreams, the men came to Joseph looking forlorn. “Why so sad, inmates?” asked …Continue reading Joseph III

Joseph II

Genesis 39: Hell hath no fury”…

While the aforementioned events we happening, recall that Joseph had been sold as a slave by his brothers to some passing merchants. Now in Egypt, he was purchased by Potiphar, an officer of the Pharaoh. Potiphar soon noticed that Joseph was extremely skilled at being a servant, and deducing that this …Continue reading Joseph II

Joseph I

Genesis 37: You already know this story

Of all his sons, Israel (recall: Jacob) liked seventeen year-old Joseph the best. Israel made him a multicoloured coat so Joseph could flaunt his father’s favouritism, and needless to say, his brothers didn’t take kindly to this.

To make matters worse, Joseph was a little insensitive, so when he told his …Continue reading Joseph I