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Joseph: (a) (1562-1452 BCE) Son of Jacob and Rachel, eleventh of the Twelve Tribes. As the oldest son of his favored wife, Jacob loved him dearly and gave him preferential treatment, causing Joseph's brothers to envy him and sell him into slavery. He landed in Egypt, where, after enduring slavery and prison, he interpreted Pharaoh’s puzzling dreams and became viceroy of the land. During the famine that followed he brought his family down to Egypt, setting the stage for their slavery and ultimately their Exodus. Buried in Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem. (b) A common Jewish name.
The lesson from Joseph: the strength and ability to be a leader and sustain society not just physically but spiritually as well.
Pharaoh Appoints Yosef to the Position of Viceroy of Egypt
Ch. 41 verses 14-41: Yosef interprets Pharaoh's dream. Pharaoh appoints him to the position of viceroy of Egypt, since he sees in him the spirit of G-d.
Yosef has his cup placed in the sack of Binyamin
Chp. 43 verses 25 -34 chp. 44 verses 1 - 17; The brothers prepare for their meal with Yosef. He sees Binyamin and is moved to tears. He eats and drinks with his brothers. Chp. 44 He has his attendant place his silver cup in the sack of Binyamin. The broth...
Yaakov is forced to send his sons back to Egypt for food
Chp. 43 verses 1 -24: The famine continues and Yaakov is forced to send his sons back to Egypt for food. Yehuda tells his father that he will personally guarantee Binyamin's safety. Yaakov sends his eleven sons with money and gifts for the viceroy. They c...
Yosef Sends the Brothers Back Home to Bring Binyamin
Ch. 42 verses 24-38: Yosef sends the brothers home to Canaan with sacks of grain. He keeps Shimon as a prisoner until they return with Binyamin, however he releases him as soon as they leave. On the way home Levi finds the money that he payed for his grai...
Yaakov Sends Ten of His Sons to Egypt to Buy Grain
Ch. 42 verses 1-23: Yaakov sends 10 of his sons to Egypt to buy grain. They go there with the intent of locating Yosef and freeing him. Yosef, the viceroy recognizes them but they do not recognize him. He accuses them of being spies and puts them in jail ...
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