"Joseph Interprets the Dream of the Baker" by Shoshannah Brombacher; pastel and ink on paper , 24 X 18 inches, New York, 2008
"Joseph Interprets the Dream of the Baker" by Shoshannah Brombacher; pastel and ink on paper , 24 X 18 inches, New York, 2008

After being sold into slavery Joseph ends up in prison, having been falsely accused by his master's wife. In prison, he gained the trust of the warden and the other prisoners. Also in prison were two of Pharaoh's ministers, who told him their dreams so he could interpret them. The chief royal baker got the following explanation of his dream (Genesis 50:16-19):

"When the officer of the bakers saw that he interpreted for good, he said to Joseph: 'Behold I had three baskets of white bread on my head. And in the uppermost basket there was all manner of food for Pharaoh, the work of a baker; and the birds did eat them out of the basket on top of my head.'

"And Joseph answered and said: 'This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head from you and shall hang you on a tree, and the birds shall eat your flesh from you."