Category Archives: Genesis

Genesis 46-50: the Twelve Tribes of Israel and more family trouble brewing?

So, with Joseph having duly loaded up his brothers with food to see them through a journey in famine-stricken territory, Jacob decides that he wants to see the son he thought was dead. The entire family decamps to Egypt, which … Continue reading

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Genesis 48-50: All good things must end. This too.

Chapters 48 Joseph gets word the old man is dying and rocks up with his two sons Mnasseh and Ephraim. Jacob/Israel says he’s hearing voices again Verse 4 “And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply … Continue reading

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Genesis 39-45: dreams and deceits in Egypt

So, having had a bit of a weird diversion on the subject of Judah’s rather disturbing family unit, we’re back to Joseph (minus Technicolour Dream Coat), who has been flogged off to some traders and taken to Egypt as a … Continue reading

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Genesis 37-38: family values

I would so love to know where some of those really smug Family Values Christians (oops, sorry, might I have alienated someone there?) get their ideas from. These two chapters are absolute corkers on this front. In Chapter 37 Joseph … Continue reading

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Genesis 34-36; massacres, cheating and the slow delineation of the People of Israel

Chapter 34 starts very interestingly with the brief story of Dinah. I had wanted to combine writing about this with the novel The Red Tent, but Genesis has bowled along a lot quicker than I expected, so I’ll have to … Continue reading

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Genesis 46-47: feast then famine…

Chapter 46 So on the long journey to Egypt, Israel/Jacob hears voices again. Apparently a good thing, rather than cause for a different psychotropic prescription. And another of those big lists of names that give the Old Testament its bad … Continue reading

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Genesis 43-45:Joseph’s technicolor melodrama

Chapter 43 Things are not going well for the Jacob and co. Verse 1-2 “And the famine was sore in the land. And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of … Continue reading

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