"Joseph in the Pit" by Shoshannah Brombacher; pastel and ink on paper , 24 X 18 inches, New York, 2008
"Joseph in the Pit" by Shoshannah Brombacher; pastel and ink on paper , 24 X 18 inches, New York, 2008

Joseph's brothers resented his lofty dreams, the favoritism their father showed by giving him a coat of many colors, and the negative reports about them he brought to their father. Their resentment grew into outright hatred.

One day, Jacob sent Joseph to contact his brothers who were herding their flocks in the fields. As Joseph approached, his brothers decided to get rid of him. They tore off his coat and threw him into a dry pit (Genesis 37: 23-24).

In this drawing Joseph has just been cast into the pit. His face is distorted in anguish; he is betrayed by his own brothers, stripped of his coat, and the dry pit is full of snakes and scorpions. High over his head some of the brothers peer into the dark pit, curious what might become of him after their evil deed.

Later, they took him out of the pit and sold him as a slave to a passing convoy of traders, who brought him to Egypt.