Jacob's blessing on Joseph is full of symbolism. Joseph himself is likened to a fruitful bough of a tree by a spring.
The mention of the archers who bitterly attack him and harass him is a figure of speech; it is an oblique reference to how his brothers, who were jealous of Joseph, plotted to have him disposed of.
But the 'Mighty One of Jacob'protected ...
Joseph was pretending (as a ruse) to make himself look like a typical pagan ruler so as not to raise the suspicions of his brothers. Of course he would claim that he used the special cup for divination. According to Barnes (as per comments in Gen 44:5) and the Cambridge Commentary, such "hydromancy" was common for ancient rulers.
However, Joseph ...
The difference is rather simple - the total family of Jacob was 70 people.
Joseph had two children + Jacob himself were obviously four people. Therefore, we have:
(a) 66 people other than Joseph's family and Jacob + (b) four people of Joseph's family + Jacob = 70 people in total.
Note the difference in the carefully worded sentences:
(a) all the people who ...
In Genesis 44:5 Joseph told his steward to go after his brothers and charge them with stealing “the cup his master drinks from and also uses for divination.” When Joseph’s brothers were brought back Joseph asked them “Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?” (NIV)
What Joseph said to his brothers was intended to suggest that his ...
Joseph was in Egypt when his grandfather Isaac died.
In this case, Isaac died when Joseph was about 28 years old--or during the time Joseph was in prison in Egypt. Joseph was taken to Egypt when he was 17 years old (see Genesis 37:2), and became governor at 30 (see Genesis 41:46).
But here's the Biblical evidence to support this chronology.
First, Jacob and ...
to a virgin pledged to be married to a man [G435] named Joseph
The number of those who ate was about five thousand men [G435], besides women and children.
1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man [G435], I put the ways of childhood behind ...
Let us review the material from the previous question as per the appendix below.
We are not told exactly when Benjamin was born but there is a window of a few years to choose. We know that Joseph was born to Jacob when he was 91 years old and Isaac was 151. Benjamin was after this some time.
Benjamin was known to Joseph and so must have been born before ...
Benjamin was born (Gen 35) before Joseph was sold (Gen. 37).
Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. 17 And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” 18 And as her soul was departing (for she ...
The short answer is no. It means the same thing. In other words God is with "him/us" by dealing with us as a people and individually.
Even when God is not with "us" He is still involved with us. Case and point is at Exodus 33:3, "Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will NOT go up in your midst, because (or why?) you ...
Genesis 39:20 says that Potiphar put Joseph into the prison where the king’s prisoners were confined. The NIV Study Bible makes this comment:
Potiphar put Joseph in the “house of the captain of the guard” (40:3) – certainly not the worst prison available.
There is no information to back that up. However, the ESV Study Bible makes this comment:
The law ...
Genesis 41:29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30 but seven years of famine will follow them.
Joseph was extremely useful to Pharoah during the 7 years and plenty and the 7 years of famine, so he was the 2nd in command after only Pharoah.
However, it was some years after the end of the famine that Jacob died.
Absolutely. He even commands it.
Leviticus 16:6-10 NASB
6 Then Aaron shall offer the bull as the [i]sin offering, which is for himself, so that he may make atonement for himself and for his household. 7 He shall then take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 8 Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot ...
For some inexplicable reason, the number "five" is a recurring theme in the story of Joseph. Here is a sample:
Gen 41:34 - Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
Gen 43:34 - When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times ...
In Genesis 44:5 (NASB)
Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses for divination? (...)
and in Genesis 44:15 (NASB)
Joseph said to them, “What is this thing that you have done? Do you not know that a man who is like me can indeed practice divination?”
While Genesis 44:5 isn't that clear, Joseph later on seems to indicate that he ...
Joseph spoke in the language what the local spoke at the time, i.e., Egyptian language.
Genesis 39:23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.
Joseph was a teenager when he arrived in Egypt. His brain was still adaptable to a new language naturally.
He was a ...
The Ishmaelites (members of the Midianite merchants [caravan from Gilead]) saved Joseph & sold Joseph to Potiphar.
 Once Yosef was in the pit, his brothers had a meal & saw [who] coming? [Bereishit 37:25] * יִשְׁמְעֵאלִ֔ים Yishmaelim = "Ishmaelites".
 What does Yehudah immediately suggest to his brothers? [Bereishit 37:27] "Come, ...
It was a matter of wisdom, not trust. Joseph must obey God above all things.
It is not wise to base decisions on a supernatural revelation given to someone else. So, whether Joseph wants to believe Mary's account of the angel or not, he should not make decisions based on it. Though sometimes forgotten today, this is a teaching in Scripture. For instance ...
According to Torah, if a betrothed bride is found to have been promiscuous, the punishment was clear:
Deut 22:21 - she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house,
and there the men of her city will stone her to death. For she has
committed an outrage in Israel by being promiscuous in her father’s
house. So you must purge the evil from among you.
The same Joseph also did the following 5's.
When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him.
To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes.
Joseph was 30 years of age when God enabled him to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams with regard to the seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh then placed Joseph in charge of his palace and the whole land of Egypt. Joseph was second-in-command to Pharaoh (Genesis 41:41-44).
Later, Jacob is brought to Egypt and, at age 130, was presented ...
To understand the political dynamics of Joseph (and his house) with respect to Pharoah, it's good to know the background and what was driving this dynamic.
In Gen 45, Pharoah is in a weakened position of authority, which is why he turns to Joseph. Joseph advises Pharoah to execute a plan that will turn Egypt into a centrally controlled slave society with ...
The Chronology of Isaac:
Isaac born to Abraham at the age of 100, Gen 21:5
Isaac marries Rebekah at age 40, Gen 25:20
Isaac becomes the father of Jacob at age 60, Gen 25:26
Jacob (at age 71) deceives Isaac when he is 131, Gen 47:9, 45:6, 41:47
Jacob returns from Padam Aram after 20 years at age 91, as Joseph is born, Isaac 151.
Joseph is sold into slavery ...
Biblically speaking, a "man" was an adult, just as we would infer today; but the line between childhood and adulthood was not where in many countries it is drawn today. Many countries now consider 18 as the age of majority, though the ages for driving, voting, drinking, or even marrying, can vary somewhat from this rule. But in the Bible, there ...
The fact that the life and story of Joseph prefigured that of Jesus in some respects does not mean it has to exactly mirror it. It is well known that Joseph and Jesus' life were parallel.
both are rejected by their own people
both became servants
both are betrayed for silver
both are falsely accused and face false witnesses
both attain stations at the &...
Quite frankly, it appears to me that for all of Joseph's power he's still regarded as a risk: he's very useful for Pharaoh, but is always suspected of potentially running away, should the opportunity present itself. Therefore, Pharaoh would be reluctant to let him leave Egypt. In a sense, he's still a prisoner. The large company given him for the burial ...
There are two matters raised here in Gen 48:6 -
Why did Jacob adopt Joseph's sons, and
Did Joseph have any further children
A. Jacob adopting Joseph's sons
The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary answers this quite succinctly:
thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh—It was the intention of the aged patriarch to adopt Joseph's sons as his own, thus giving ...
In Genesis 44:5 (NASB)
Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses
for divination? (...)
There is no reason to believe that Joseph actually employed any form of divination. We need to know the circumstances under which the statement was made.
About 13 years earlier his brothers sold him to slavery in Egypt, Joseph did not reveal ...
Who was Pharaoh in Joseph's time?
No one knows for sure. Biblewise mentions the following interesting facts:
Joseph might have come to Egypt during the reign of Sesostris II (1894-1878 BCE).
He most likely begins his career under Sesostris III (1878-1841 BCE). He lives in Egypt for 71 years, so Joseph dies in approximately 1805 BCE, under the reign of ...
There are two traditional interpretations:
Joseph realised that Mary was pregnant and he decided to rescue her from an accusation of an extra-marital sexual affair by a noble and indeed ennobling lie that he, Joseph was the impregnator and now simply wanted to divorce her in a lawful manner, by giving her a certificate of an official divorce. That's why it ...
Was Joseph sold to Potiphar by Midianites or Ishmaelites?
In Genesis 37:36 (NASB)
Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s
officer, the captain of the bodyguard.
In Genesis 39:1 (NASB)
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian
officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the