Genesis 47

Jacob’s Family Settles in Goshen

At the close of the previous chapter, I said the old patriarch and his household have packed and come into Egypt. The old man is 130 years, and when he meets Pharaoh the ultimate ruler he blesses him! The scribes at this point have surely not read the earlier verse that decreed the days of man shall not exceed 120 years. Jake/ Israel will live to be 147 years and before dying he asks Jose to swear he will not be buried in Egypt. Since the bible is not yet written, they swear by placing hands on the thigh, what I way to swear!

We are faced with a problem, the reason for leaving Canaan or wherever it was they lived was because of a famine. If there is famine in Egypt as well, what will the livestock feed on? If the Egyptians see livestock as abominable and his family came here at his behest, then why ask them to sell their property? And why do they offer themselves into slavery so easily? Isn’t easy to go back home than to be slaves unless this is written after the event as most stories in this [sic]holy book are?

People are offering their parcels of land or are willingly selling themselves to slavery and here is the contention; if the reason the Egyptians were asked to store food was so that they will have enough reserve for the duration of the famine, why then do they have to be slaves to get the food? Is it possible that a whole population become slaves? There could have been resourceful Egyptians who had stored their own food and would not need to sell their land or themselves to become slaves! Has the store keeper mismanaged the reserves? If the famine is global as we were told at the interpretation of the Pharaoh’s dream, doesn’t it follow that we would have had an influx of people into Egypt that the reserves would have been depleted within months and there would be death by starvation and if anyone survived the famine would be too malnourished to reproduce and we will have said goodbye to man at this point in time?

It is here for the first time we find priests under the protection of the ruling class which has remained to this day in many places. If there was famine and the priests were exempt, I bet their property would have been torched to the ground or taken by force for the open inequality it would have displayed in the midst of a starving and suffering populace even the pharaoh wouldn’t have survived. If anyone has doubts, then read what happened during the French revolution where even the monarchy wasn’t spared but suffered the brunt of the poor and the middle class!  The priests did not sell their land but lived off an allowance by pharaoh and a tax was also introduced[any Egyptians here, do you still pay the 1/5th to pharaoh?] where again the priests were exempt and if this is not the reason churches don’t pay tax in many places, I will need to be told a better explanation.



Genesis 42

Joseph’s Brothers Sent to Egypt

We are no longer dealing with dreams, though the story is getting more interesting as we go along. In this chapter, which is quite long, Israel/ Jacob sends 10 of his sons to Egypt having heard there is food in Egypt.

Joseph sees his brothers, recognizes them and has a bitter exchange with them and all the while they do not recognize him. I don’t know if it is possible, I will let the reader decide, that 10 brothers couldn’t recognize their brother and we have not been told he wore disguise or had his face and voice altered surgically.

Joseph taking advantage of their ignorance, I shall call it so, harangues them before detaining his brother Simon and sending the rest with grains back home and their silver which they only discover while they are on their way. The workers under Joseph would protest the order to return the silver to these 10. There is no such protest!

I have said before concerning the scribes who wrote the bible stories, the ones we have met so far, that they were ignorant of the world around them. They write here there was famine in every other place except Egypt where the Pharaoh under the wise counsel of Joseph had the Egyptians store food. This my friends, I don’t think makes any sense. If there is a world famine for seven days and there is food in just one place, there would be disaster. The Egyptians would be fighting to get the food, foreigners would wage war just to get the food. There would be massive loss of life and destruction of property and this at least could not have passed unrecorded by historians of the time!

Besides, if the famine was worldwide as the scribes would want us believe,how is it then we have no Chinese or Indians or any other civilizations already present mention such a devastating famine?

Their father refuses to let them go back with Benjamin as the chapter closes, we will see what happens when we get to the next chapter! Stay tuned.

Joseph selling grain in Egypt. Painting by Jan van Noordt