Genesis

Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt to buy grain and are rebuked unless they agree to return the youngest brother, Benjamin, to Egypt (Genesis 42:1 – 43:34)

While the region was in the grip of a great drought. Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt so he told his sons, “Why are you just standing around? There is grain in Egypt. Go there and buy some so we can survive the drought.” Ten of Joseph’s brothers…
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Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams – becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:1 – 41:57)

Two years after Joseph interpreted the dreams for the cupbearer and the baker, Pharaoh had a dream. He was standing by the Nile when out of the river comes seven beautiful, healthy cows that begin grazing among the reeds. After that, seven other cows, gaunt and mangy, come up out…
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Joseph interprets dreams for the cupbearer and baker but still fails to receive recognition from Pharaoh (Genesis 40:1 – 40:23)

Sometime later, the king’s cupbearer (chief butler) and baker offended the king. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials and placed them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard (where Joseph was held). The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph and he attended them.…
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Joseph taken to Egypt where he is wooed by Potiphar’s wife – God rewards those who are righteous (Genesis 39:1 – 39:23)

After Joseph was sold by his brothers, the Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt where he was sold to Potiphar, one of the Pharaoh’s officials ( captain of the guard). God was with Joseph, so he prospered while in captivity. Joseph lived in the home of his Egyptian master. When his…
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Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and tricks Judah into sleeping with her – compulsive behavior leads to an unthinkable act (Genesis 38:1-30)

Judah left his brothers and went to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. It was here that Judah met the daughter of Shua, a Canaanite man. Judah married the daughter (she is unnamed in Genesis) and together they gave birth to a son named Er. She conceived again…
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Joseph is thrown into a well then sold into slavery by his brothers (Genesis 37:12 – 37:36)

Joseph’s brothers had gone to Shechem to graze their father’s flocks. Israel (Jacob) said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. I am going to send you to them.” Joseph responded, “Very well.” Jacob told Joseph, “Go and see if all is well with…
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Joseph shares his prophetic dreams with his family – prompting resentment between his brothers (Genesis 37:1 – 37:11)

Jacob lived in his father’s land, the land of Canaan. His son, 17-year-old Joseph, helped tend the flocks with his brothers (the sons of Jacob’s wives, Bilhah and Zilpah). One day, Joseph brought a bad report about his brothers to Jacob. Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his…
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Esau’s descendants and the rulers of Edom – the genealogy of the Edomites (Genesis 36:1 – 36:43)

When Esau and his brother Jacob found scarce opportunities in their region, Esau took everything he acquired in Canaan and moved to Seir. These are the tribal chiefs among Esau’s descendants (along with relevant notes from other references in the Bible). Esau and Adah (daughter of Elon the Hittite) Eliphaz…
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Rachel and Isaac die, leaving Jacob to carry out God’s plan for mankind (Genesis 35:16-29)

Jacob and his family moved from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath (ancient Jerusalem), Rachel went into labor. She had great difficulty during labor but a midwife comforted her and said, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” As Rachel took her last breath, she named her…
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God sends Jacob and his people to Bethel – without their foreign gods (Genesis 35:1 – 35:15)

God appeared to Jacob as he was fleeing from Esau and told him to go to Bethel and settle there. Jacob was instructed to build an altar to God when he arrived. Jacob told his family: “Get rid of your foreign gods, purify yourselves, and change your clothes. Then we…
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