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Where in the Bible is the story of Joseph?

Question: Where in the Bible is the story of Joseph?

Answer: The story of Joseph, the son of Jacob, is found in the book of Genesis, chapters 37, and 39 through 50.

Joseph was the son of Jacob (also called Israel) and his wife Rachel.

Joseph was the favorite son of his father Israel, so he was given a long-sleeved coat by his father.

When Joseph was 17, he returned to his father from working in the field one day with his brothers and gave a bad report of his brothers. So his brothers hated Joseph and could not speak kindly to him because they knew their father favored him above them all.

Joseph has a dream where the sun, moon and eleven stars bow down to him. This is important prophetic symbology that will come up again in the book of Revelation where John sees a woman clothed in the sun, moon and the stars.

Jacob understands the meaning of the dream is that Joseph's brothers and parents would bow down to him one day.

Joseph's brothers fake Joseph's death, selling him into slavery, and they cover his coat in blood to deceive his father Jacob.

Joseph is taken to Egypt as a slave and faithfully serves God there in Egypt, in spite of slavery and imprisonment.

Joseph rises to the second in command of Egypt after honoring Pharaoh by interpreting his dream accurately.

A severe famine arrives.

Israel sends his other sons to Egypt to seek food, but he keeps back his young son Benjamin for fear of losing him like he lost Joseph.

Joseph recognizes his brothers and captures his brother Simeon as leverage to force the others to go back to their father Jacob and return to Egypt with Benjamin.

Joseph orders a feast for his brothers and welcomes them to their joyous astonishment.

Joseph fills his brothers' sacks with food and returns their money, but secretly stashes his own silver cup in Benjamin's sack. The agreement was that whoever was found with the cup in their sack would become Joseph's slave.

So Joseph's brothers have to leave behind their youngest brother Benjamin, which they know would greatly distress their father Israel.

One of Joseph's brothers intercedes on behalf of Benjamin.

Joseph orders his servants and everyone to leave the room and to leave him alone with his brothers, so he can reveal to them his true identity. Joseph wept so loudly that the Egyptians and Pharaoh's servants could heard from outside the room.

Joseph says, "Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance." Genesis 45:5-7.

Upon hearing the news of Joseph's brothers being welcomed, Pharaoh orders Joseph to say to his brothers to go to Canaan and retrieve their father and all their households to live in the land of Goshen in Egypt.

Joseph tells his brothers to not quarrel on the journey.

When the brothers reach Israel with the news of his son being alive, he doesn't initially believe them. After all, Israel had once seen Joseph's coat covered in the blood of an animal and thought it had been his blood.

When Israel sees the wagons and supplies that Joseph sent him, his spirit revives enough to make the journey to Egypt.

The Israelites move to Egypt, settling in the fertile land of Goshen.

Before his death, Jacob blesses his sons and adopts Joseph's two sons as his own.

Before Joseph dies at the age of 110 years old, he gives instructions to his family about taking his bones with them. He lives to see his son Ephraim's third generation of children.

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