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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Genesis: 37:1–50:26

THEME

Dreams and their interpretation

SETTING

2000–1600 BCE Canaan and Egypt.

KEY FIGURES

Jacob A patriarch, who is also called Israel.

Joseph Jacob’s favorite son, born to Rachel.

Reuben and Judah Joseph’s half-brothers.

Pharaoh Ruler of Egypt.

Potiphar Captain of Pharaoh’s guard.

The second youngest of Jacob’s 12 sons, and the patriarch’s favorite, Joseph is celebrated in Genesis as a dreamer. Through keeping faith with the messages of his divinely inspired dreams, Joseph rises to become chief adviser to the Egyptian Pharaoh and brings his family, destined to found the 12 tribes of Israel, into Egypt. ...

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