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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 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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Anita Diamant: The Red Tent

The Red Tent tells the story of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, who appears briefly to be ‘taken and defiled’ in Genesis 34 and is never mentioned again. http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=thek-21&o=2&p=8&l=as1&asins=0330487965&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr The novel is by Anita Diamant, an American writer who has … 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 39-42: Crying Rape, Interpreting Dreams and Yanking Chains

Chapter 39 Meanwhile, back to the kidnapped Joseph Verse 1 “And Joseph was brought down to Egypt: and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh,captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites , which had brought … Continue reading

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Genesis 25-33: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob

Despite his advanced age, Abraham somehow manages to remarry after the death of Sarah, and fathers yet more children (as if the first two hadn’t resulted in enough troubles). Fortunately – since there’s quite enough internecine bloodshed in this book … Continue reading

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