Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rebekah. At the time you begin reading this story in Genesis, he was the youngest out of ten brothers and one sister! The eldest was Reuben then Simon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, and his sister was Dinah. The reason why he had so many brothers is because Jacob had two wives Leah and Rebekah, and two of his wives servants Zilpah and Bilhah . Joseph’s brothers were tired of Joseph because he was favored by his father, and was given a coat of many colors. That night his brothers decided to kill him, but Reuben convinced them to spare his life and to just throw him in a well. Then Judah decided to sell Joseph to some Ishmaelite traders who then sold him to an Egyptian official named Potiphar. Potiphar became fond of Joseph and eventually made him the manager of the household. You might have heard of the story where Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph (and not with the Force) but he refresher advances and she lies to get him in jail. Two men were also in the cell with him and they both told him about their dreams. Amazingly, Joseph interprets their dreams and they come true in three days. One of them tells the Pharaoh about how Joseph can interpret dreams. So Joseph interprets the Pharaoh’s dream and says there will be seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. After the seven years of plenty the seven years of famine caused and Joseph’s brothers to come and asked for food, but they did not know the official giving out the food was their younger brother. He noticed some one else with them, it was his younger brother Benjamin. Joseph then welcomed them into his house and asked one of them to go and get his father and mother, but what he did not know was that his mother died giving birth to Benjamin. I really enjoyed this story showing how families can forgive the past and come back together after being so far apart.
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