Joseph of Egypt - Bible study ideas
Activities for individuals or groups
Slaves and the Law
Make a search for ancient laws governing the treatment of slaves, for example in
Does this match up with the way slaves are presented in Hollywood films, for example in Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments?
Movies about 'fighting back'
Answers HERE (see 'Joseph of Egypt')
Can you think of others?
Slavery then and now: a debate
Topic: That wage slavery in the modern world is the same as slavery in past ages.
In depth study of one person's story
Choose one of the people in Joseph's story and develop a presentation about them.
You may call up other websites to support your ideas.
In your presentation, answer the following questions:
1. What are the main events of the person's life? Tell the story.
Tell the story.
2. What were their main qualities? What made them stand out from the crowd?
3. What obstacles did they face? Did they overcome them, or go with the flow? Explain.
Did they overcome them, or go with the flow? Explain.
4. How did they use their abilities to do God’s work?
5. Which part of their story appeals to you most? Why?
You must include three short quotations from the Bible texts to illustrate the points you are making.
'Particularly in Genesis 39-42, Egyptian life and institutions are described in astonishing detail and color. The narrator relishes reporting the exotic customs of the Egyptian court to entertain and instuct his readers. Clearly he was someone well informed about Egypt. Indeed, according to Vergote, he must have had experience living in Egypt, for his knowledge extends to the smallest details (Vergote, Joseph en Égypte, p209).
The names of people in the story, Potiphar, Asenath, Zaphenath-Paneah are well-known Egyptian names.
The rise of Semites to high positions in the Egyptian court is well attested. The description of Joseph's investiture corresponds well with Egyptian paintings of such ceremonies.
The dreams are full of authentic Egyptian color; their importance and that of official dream interpreters are also true to life.
The comments on land tenure in Egypt, that all land except for the priests' holdings was held by the Pharaoh, is also an apt generalization.
Finally, the mummification of Jacob and Joseph is typtically Egyptian; and Joseph's age at death, 110, was the ideal span of life in ancient Egypt.'
Focus questions for the story of Joseph
1. Go to Bible Text for David's story, and choose one episode from Joseph's life. Read the story in your Bible, then spend some time thinking about it.
Potiphar's Wife as one of the Top Ten Bad Women of the Bible
Slavery in the Bible, with a case study of Joseph
Famous paintings of the seduction
Stories of Joseph's parents
Bored, lonely, lascivious
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