Genesis

Joseph mourns his father’s death, reassures his brothers they are safe, then passes from earth (Genesis 50:1 – 50:26)

Genesis concludes with a narrative describing the burials of Jacob and Joseph and one last interaction between Joseph and his brothers. After Jacob died, Joseph hugged his father and wept over him. At Joseph’s direction, his physicians embalmed Jacob. This took forty days. Then the Egyptians mourned Jacob for seventy…
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Jacob blesses the Twelve Tribes before breathing his last (Genesis 49:1 – 49:33)

After blessing Joseph and his sons, Jacob called for his other sons and said, “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.” “Rueben: The firstborn, excels in honor and power but is turbulent as the waters. He will no longer excel…
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Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons and places Ephraim before firstborn Manasseh (Genesis 47:28 – 48:22)

Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years. He lived to be 147 years old. When the time came for Jacob (Israel) to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him: “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you…
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Joseph saves (by enslavement) the people of Egypt during the great famine (Genesis 47:13 – 47:27)

Joseph settled his father and brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses. During this time, Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of a famine that struck the region. Joseph however, prepared for the food shortage. He collected money for…
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Israel (Jacob) moves to Egypt to join Joseph – God’s plan in motion (Genesis 46:1 – 47:12)

Israel (Jacob) agreed to his son’s invitation to move to Egypt and began the journey to see Joseph. He and his family took everything they owned. When he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to God. God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I…
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Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers – and offers them a home in Egypt (Genesis 45:1 – 45:28)

After Judah plead with Joseph to allow them to return home with their younger brother, Benjamin, Joseph could no longer contain himself and cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” Everybody left the room except for Joseph and his brothers. Joseph revealed to them that he was the “lost” brother…
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Joseph’s stolen cup – Judah accepts responsibility when Joseph tests his brothers one last time (Genesis 44:1 – 44:34)

After Joseph dined with his brothers, he gave instructions to his steward: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack,…
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Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt to buy grain and are rebuked unless they agree to return the youngest brother, Benjamin, to Egypt (Genesis 42:1 – 43:34)

While the region was in the grip of a great drought. Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt so he told his sons, “Why are you just standing around? There is grain in Egypt. Go there and buy some so we can survive the drought.” Ten of Joseph’s brothers…
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Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams – becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:1 – 41:57)

Two years after Joseph interpreted the dreams for the cupbearer and the baker, Pharaoh had a dream. He was standing by the Nile when out of the river comes seven beautiful, healthy cows that begin grazing among the reeds. After that, seven other cows, gaunt and mangy, come up out…
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Joseph interprets dreams for the cupbearer and baker but still fails to receive recognition from Pharaoh (Genesis 40:1 – 40:23)

Sometime later, the king’s cupbearer (chief butler) and baker offended the king. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials and placed them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard (where Joseph was held). The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph and he attended them.…
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