A Daily Genesis

[FONT=Verdana]Exploring the Bible[/FONT]

  1. Genesis 50:22-26

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    [B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 50:22-26 . . So Joseph and his father's household remained in Egypt. Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. Joseph lived to see children of the third generation of Ephraim: the children of Machir, son of Manasseh, were likewise born upon Joseph's knees.

    . . . At length, Joseph said to his kin: I am about to die. God will surely take notice of you and bring you up from this land to the land that He promised on oath to Abraham, ...
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  2. Genesis 50:10-21

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    [B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 50:10 . .When they came to Gorena ha-Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they held there a very great and solemn lamentation; and he observed a mourning period of seven days for his father.[/B]

    A geographic location described as "beyond the Jordan" suggests the east side of the river but the term is ambiguous and can just as easily mean west (e.g. Deut 3:18-20).

    The Hebrew word for Gorena is [I]goren [/I](go'-ren) ...
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  3. Genesis 50:4-9

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    [B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 50:4a . . and when the wailing period was over, Joseph spoke to Pharaoh's court[/B]

    It's curious that Joseph didn't meet with Pharaoh in person; I mean, after all, Joseph was second in command over the entire country of Egypt, and certainly outranked all of Pharaoh's courtiers. It's guessed by some that in the Egypt of Joseph's day, a dead man's close kin were deemed unfit to approach a Pharaoh. Whether it was for religious reasons, ...
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  4. Genesis 50:1-3

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    [B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 50:1 . . Joseph threw himself upon his father's face and wept over him and kissed him.[/B]

    It almost looks like Joseph smothered his dad; but in reality that scene was probably a bit difficult to put in writing because there's so much emotion. I think what we're actually looking at there is a one last cheek-to-cheek farewell with Joseph clutching his father's hand; and I would not have liked to be in the room when it took place ...
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  5. Genesis 49:22-33

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    [B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 49:22 . . Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.[/B]

    Jacob's assessment of Joseph is similar to the assessment of a blessed man in the very first Psalm.

    "Blessed is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, nor taken the path of sinners, nor joined the company of the insolent; rather, Yhvh's teaching is his delight, and he studies that teaching ...
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