Genesis 37

March 10, 2017

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March 10, 2017: Genesis 37

Joseph, Jacob's favorite son, is gifted a special coat by his father, causing anger and jealousy among the other sons of Israel. Joseph also relates two dreams to his family indicating that they will all bow down to him. This does nothing to soothe the ire of Joseph's brothers. While far out, Joseph's brothers throw him in a pit, planning to kill him, but sell him into slavery instead. They dip Joseph's special coat in blood, and give their father the impression that his favorite son had died.

Questions to consider:

* Why does it seem like a coat is the center of all of this conflict? Why does this coat make Joseph’s brothers so angry?
* Why do you think Reuben goes along with the plan to conceal Joseph’s fate from their father, even though he originally planned on saving Joseph?

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