Joseph's half-brothers were jealous of him; (Genesis 37:18–20) wherefore, in Dothan, most of them plotted to kill him, with the exception of Reuben, who suggested to have Joseph thrown into an empty cistern, intending to rescue Joseph himself. Unaware of this secondary intention, the others obeyed him first.
Genesis 37. Actually, the story of Joseph begins before Genesis 37. The twelve sons of Jacob were the offspring of four mothers. The rivalry between Jacob’s two wives and two concubines caused much dissention within the family. Joseph, along with his younger brother Benjamin, were the only children of Rachel, Jacob’s favored wife.
Apr 23, 2020 · The Bible Story of Joseph, from the Book of Genesis, is one of heroic redemption and forgiveness. Joseph was the most loved son of his father, Israel, given the famous robe of many colors. When Joseph reported having dreams of his brothers, and even the stars and moon, bowing before him, their jealousy of Joseph grew into action.
- Joseph Rejected and Sold into Slavery by His Brothers (Genesis 37:2-36) From a young age, Joseph believed God had destined him for greatness.
- The Schemes of Potiphar’s Wife and Joseph’s Imprisonment (Genesis 39:1-20) Joseph’s stint in Potiphar’s employ gave him a wide range of fiduciary responsibilities.
- Joseph’s Interpretation of Dreams in Prison (Genesis 39:20-40:23) Joseph’s service in prison was marked by the Lord’s presence, the jailer’s favor, and Joseph’s promotion to leadership (Gen.
- Joseph’s Promotion by Pharaoh (Genesis 41:1-45) Jesus Working Beside You: Genesis 41 Sermon Notes (Click Here to Read)
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 3 Now Israel ( J ) loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, ( K ) because he had been born to him in his old age; ( L ) and he made an ornate [ a ] robe ( M ) for him.
Apr 26, 2021 · Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob, his first son through his favored wife, Rachel. Joseph’s story is found in Genesis 37—50. After the announcement of his birth, we see Joseph next as a seventeen-year-old returning from shepherding the flock with his half-brothers to give Jacob a bad report of them.
- Joseph and His Brothers
- Joseph in Egypt
- Family Reunion and Death
- Joseph The Righteous?
Joseph’s life is a series of highs and lows — literally and figuratively. In his father’s house, Joseph is the favored son: “Israel (another name for Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his sons since he was a child of his old age” (Genesis 37:3). Joseph likely also has this status because he is the eldest child of Jacob’s favorite (deceased) wife, Rachel. To demonstrate this preference, Jacob gifts Joseph with the famous kitonet passim, translated as both a garment with long sleeves, or a fine woolen tunic. (Commentators extrapolate that it had stripes of different colors.) This preferential treatment from their father elicits much jealousy from Joseph’s 10 older brothers. As a teenager, Joseph does little to ingratiate himself to his brothers. To find more favor with his father, he would report back unkindly about his older brothers’ activities while tending to the flocks (Genesis 37:2). Joseph also tells his family about two dreams he had, the first in which 11 sheaves of wheat bow...
Joseph’s time in Egypt is even more tumultuous than his life in Canaan. The Ishmaelite traders sell him as a slave to Potiphar, a wealthy Egyptian merchant. Joseph finds great fortune with Potiphar, but his promotion through Potiphar’s household attracts the attention of Potiphar’s wife, who repeatedly tries to seduce him. When her attempts fail, she accuses Joseph of rape, which lands him in prison. Though now in the deepest of his life’s trenches, God is still with Joseph (Genesis 39:21). His fellow inmates, Pharaoh’s former butler and his former baker, both dream symbolic dreams, and Joseph’s skills as a dream-interpreter are put to use. He predicts that the butler will be exonerated in three days and restored to Pharaoh’s service, and that the baker will be put to death. Joseph’s interpretations come true. Joseph asks the butler to remember him once he’s back in Pharaoh’s service, but the butler doesn’t fulfill his promise until Pharaoh himself has a series of disturbing dreams...
The famine that Joseph predicted ultimately brings the sons of Jacob to Egypt. With no other options, and hearing of excess grain in the neighboring country, Jacob’s sons make a series of trips down to Egypt. Upon discovering his brothers some 20 years after selling him into slavery, Joseph conceals his identity and tests his family, locking up his brother Simeon until the rest of the brothers return with Benjamin (Genesis 42:33-34). Jacob is reluctant to send Benjamin — his last child of Rachel — but he ultimately relents. Only upon seeing Benjamin does Joseph reveal himself to his brothers, grant them forgiveness, and bring the entire family down to Egypt. Joseph dies in Egypt at the age of 110. Before dying, Joseph makes his children promise that when the Israelites eventually leave Egypt, they will take his remains with them. In the story of theExodus (13:19), Moses does just that, carrying Joseph’s bones on the way to Israel.
Jewish commentaries, both traditional and modern, generally view Joseph as a complex character who was ultimately a righteous person. Though some commentators such as Sforno acknowledge the immaturity of his actions when dealing with his brothers in his youth, still Joseph is largely regarded as an admirable figure for maintaining his Israelite identity in spite of his 20-year separation from his family. Tradition notably refers to Joseph as a tzadik(righteous person), and several commentators point to Joseph’s naming of his sons in Hebrew as a premiere example of his dedication. Even with Joseph’s more questionable actions, like not contacting his family once he became viceroy of Egypt, or testing his brothers by accusing them of being spies, the commentators refer us back to Joseph’s adherence to the messages of his dreams. Both Rashi and Nahmanidesvalidate Joseph’s actions by positing that he knew the importance of fulfilling those prophecies. For these commentators, the ends of...