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Jacob

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									Jacob
   Shepherd
   12 sons, 1 daughter
     Favorite   = Joseph (why? – Rachel’s)
   Brothers’ Jealousy – why?
     Dad’sfavorite [long (technicolor) coat]
     Dreams
       1. Sheaves of corn BOW DOWN
       2. Sun, moon, stars BOW DOWN
Brought to Egypt
•   Reuben – oldest brother
    –   ‘throw him in cistern’
        •   Attempt to save Joe’s life
    –   Taken out by Midianites before Reuben returns
•   Judah (also Leah’s son)
    –   ‘sell him into slavery’
        •   Attempt to save Joe’s life
    –   Sold to Ishmaelite traders
•   ENDS UP IN EGYPT EITHER WAY (POTIPHAR)
2ND     in Command
   Potiphar’s House
     Accused   of attempted rape (falsely)
   Prison
     Interprets   dreams of cupbearer and baker
   Pharaoh’s Reign
     Head   of food rations
   WHY did things go well for Joseph?!
DREAMS
•   Joseph’s 2 dreams (corn, stars)
•   Cupbearer and Baker
•   Pharaoh
    –   Cows, then Corn – in both, 7 healthy get eaten by 7
        sickly, but do not improve
    –   Meaning: 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years
        of famine
•   Joseph’s ability to interpret comes from…
•   Pharaoh’s view of Joseph’s God
Brothers come to Egypt
   Biblical text has a test for faithfulness of brothers –
   They return with Benjamin only after they run out of
    food again (Jacob’s FINALLY willing to sacrifice and
    do the right thing?)
Benjamin’s accusation
   Joseph wants to see if brothers will stand up for
    Jacob’s favorite
   This time, the brothers do well
   Invitation from Joseph (and Pharaoh) to come to
    Egypt
   Goshen – outskirts area fit for shepherds
   Jacob dies – Joseph buries in Abraham’s tomb
How Israelites came to be living in
Egypt
   Joseph’s story
   God works his will through our imperfect actions
   Israelites live during time of famine
   Sets stage for slavery when Exodus opens

								
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