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

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

The Slaughter of Shalem

Genesis 34: Unfair advantage

One day, Dinah, one of Jacob’s daughters was spotted by Shechem, the prince of Shalem, where Jacob and family had settled. They slept together, and in the following pillow-talk, Shechem decided he was in love. Shechem said to his father, Hamor, “Get me this damsel to wife!” because he wanted to marry her.

Hamor …Continue reading The Slaughter of Shalem