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Weekly Study Questions 8 Joseph 1. T/F—The rest of Genesis is devoted solely to Joseph. Explain your answer. Answer: False--The story of Joseph is regarded as among the best short stories of th... e world because of its “dramatic movement, its brilliant color, its play of all the elemental passions, and its abiding human interest... "Apart from the episode involving Judah and Tamar (chapter 38) and Jacob’s farewell blessing (chapter 49), the rest of Genesis is devoted to Joseph’s life. (Davis, page 262). 2. Describe in detail Jacob’s gift to Joseph and the implications of the gift. Answer: His gift to Joseph of a “coat of many colours” (keṯoneṯ passîm), a further evidence of his preference for Joseph, caused the brothers to hate Joseph even more. The expression keṯoneṯ passîm has been translated three principal ways: “a coat of many colors,” “a long-sleeved robe,” and “an ornamented tunic.” (Davis, page 263). 3. What was the basic theme of Joseph’s dreams? Answer: The dreams of Joseph, like those of Abimelech (20:3), Jacob (28:12ff.; 31:11), and Laban (31:24), were divinely inspired, but unlike them his was filled with symbolism. So were those of the baker, the butler, and Pharaoh. In Joseph’s first dream (v. 7) he and his brothers were binding sheaves in the field, and his brothers’ sheaves “made obeisance” to Joseph’s. The meaning of the dream was obvious to Joseph’s brothers (v. 8). In his second dream the personification of natural elements is extended to the sun and moon. They, too, bowed down to Joseph, making him supreme even over his parents (v. 9). When his father heard the dreams, he was astonished and rebuked Joseph (v. 10). His brothers reacted even more strongly (v. 11). (Davis, page 264). 4. What is the irony found in the coat dipped in goat’s blood? Answer: He apparently helped his brothers stain Joseph’s coat with the blood of a goat (v. 31). When the coat was shown to Jacob, he immediately went into mourning for his son, thinking he had been killed by a wild animal (vv. 32-35). There is a touch of irony here: Jacob, who had deceived his father with a goat’s skin, was deceived by his sons with goat’s blood. (Davis, page 264). 5. List the several views of Joseph’s date of entrance into Egypt—which one is the most compatible with Scripture and why? Answer: Dating Joseph’s entrance into Egypt (v. 36) and his rise to power is difficult, in part because the pharaoh of the Joseph narratives is not named. H. H. Rowley and Gordon place Joseph’s arrival in Egypt after 1400 b.c..; the majority of scholars place it in the Hyksos period (ca. 1730-1570 b.c..); and some place it in the 1800s b.c.. during the Middle Kingdom period, and specifically during the reign of Sesostris III (Senusert III, Twelfth Dynasty). The third view is most compatible with scriptural data. According to I Kings 6:1 the exodus from Egypt took place 480 years before the fourth year of Solomon. The fourth year of Solomon is usually regarded as about 966 b.c.., meaning that the exodus occurred approximately 1446-45 b.c.. The Egyptian sojourn was 430 years long (Exod. 12:40), so it began approximately 1875 b.c.. This synchronizes with the dates normally accepted for the reign of Sesostris III: 1878-43 b.c.. (Davis, page 266). 6. What were Joseph’s two reasons for refusing Potiphar’s wife? Answer: Joseph’s reasons for refusing Potiphar’s wife were two: he wished to be faithful to his master, who had helped him (v. 8); and, even more important, he wished to be faithful to God (v. 9). (Davis, page 271). 7. What position did Joseph hold in the royal court? Answer: Potiphar made Joseph his comptroller (mer-per), which meant being a personal attendant to his master and overseeing his entire estate. (Davis, page 269). 8. What were Joseph’s tests of his brothers intended to do? Answer: Determining Joseph’s real motive in testing his brothers is most difficult. Most scholars have felt that Joseph was not being vindictive but was engaged merely in official probing and testing. However, Joseph’s manner, coupled with the numerous tests through which he put his brothers, gives the distinct impression that he was humbling his previously arrogant brothers (vv. 6-14). (Davis, page 279). 9. What does this whole story of Joseph tell us about God? Answer: Joseph’s attitude and actions provide an outstanding illustration of genuine love and forgiveness. Humanly speaking, he could have been vindictive toward his helpless brothers; unregenerate society would have considered vindictiveness justified. However, the sensitive man of God does not take advantage of such opportunities for vindictiveness, but seeks to provide the best for those whom he has forgiven. (Davis, page 285). 10. Read Genesis 15:13-17. Show how these verses relate to the present study. Answer: In Genesis 15:13-17, the Lord was speaking solely to the future descendants of Abraham. God spoke of the Hebrews in verse 13 as “strangers in the land that is not theirs” meaning that Egypt was not the land that God intended for the descendants. That Egypt was the land where the children of Israel were held captive for approximately 430 years. The Lord goes on in verse 14 that He will “judge the nation whom they will serve” referring to the Egyptian Pharaoh by allowing him and his army to be swallowed by the Red Sea. God tells Abraham in verse 15, “go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age” which he did die at a good old age, satisfied with everything in life. In verse 16, God speaks about after the children of Israel will be released from captivity and will return to the land of Cannan afterwards. Finally in verse 17, God makes a covenant promise to Abraham that He has made the way for the growth of the nation of Israel. However, what God had forbidden Isaac He encouraged Jacob to do, not because Egypt had become any less idolatrous but because God had providentially prepared the way for the growth of the nation of Israel. Jacob knew about God’s revelation to Abraham that his descendants would spend a four-hundred-year sojourn in a strange land (15:13-17). (Davis, page 287). 11. Discuss in detail the number of people who went into Egypt. (options) Answer: Scholars have, on occasion, argued that the exodus from Egypt involved only a few of the tribes, some having already left Egypt and some having never left Canaan.[1] The register in verses 8-26 includes essentially those who went to Egypt at this time, although Simeon and Joseph and his sons are also listed. It gives the names of “the children of Israel,” which is the first time that Moses referred to the family as a whole in this way. The descendants of Leah and her handmaid, Zilpah, are listed before those of Rachel and Bilhah. According to verse 15 the progeny of Leah totaled thirty-three. This number either excluded Er and Onan (who had died in Canaan) and included Jacob and Dinah, or vice versa. The former is more likely. According to verse 22 Rachel’s progeny totaled fourteen—two sons and twelve grandsons. Bilhah’s totaled seven-two sons and five grandsons (v. 25). The grand total was sixty-six (v. 26), to which Moses added Jacob, Joseph, and Joseph’s two sons to make seventy. This agrees with Deuteronomy 10:22 and the Hebrew text of Exodus 1:5. Exodus 1:5 in the Septuagint, however, reads seventy- five, which Stephen apparently quoted in his sermon (Acts 7:14) and which the Dead Sea Scrolls support. The number seventy-five probably includes five later descendants of Joseph. (Davis, page 288). 12. What evidence is there to indicate Joseph served a native Egyptian king? Answer: Joseph’s first order of business was to arrange a meeting between his family and the Pharaoh. He considered it important to properly introduce his brothers and their occupation to Pharaoh (vv. 31, 32). Joseph warned them that shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians (v. 34) and encouraged them to deempha-size their sheep and emphasize their cattle (vv. 32-34). This is additional evidence that Joseph served a native Egyptian king. (Davis, page 290). 13. Explain the controversy over the phrase “the land of Raameses.” Answer: The mention of “the land of Rameses” in verse 11 has long been a problem for commentators since the first king of the Ramesside dynasty did not reign until approximately 1319 b.c.. The expression is usually regarded either an anachronism or “a modernization of an obsolete place-name by some later scribe.” Harris writes: “Jacob’s settlement in Egypt would be before King Rameses on anybody’s chronology, and at that time he says he put them in the land of Rameses. Possibly the famous King Rameses chose his name from the land Rameses. Or there could have been another King Rameses. It is also possible that Genesis 47:11 is an anachronism. It may be that some later scribe, finding here a name that nobody knew any more and being very much concerned to have a Bible that even the high school student could understand, inserted this new form of the name. This city of Ra-amses was earlier known as Tanis and, before that, Avaris. It is not impossible that the name Rameses was a name brought up to date in Genesis 47:11.” The contention of many that the name Rameses did not occur earlier than the Nineteenth Dynasty has been disproved recently. That name is clearly referred to in a burial painting from the reign of Amenhotep III, who was part of the Eighteenth Dynasty. This precedes the reign of Rameses I by at least sixty years. Forthcoming research [Show More]

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