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Remembering Joseph: His Rise and the Brothers' Conversion (Chaps. 41–42)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0037
Remembering Joseph: His Rise and the Brothers' Conversion (Chaps. 41–42)

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The narrative recounts first, how the butler finally remembered his sins and Joseph, thus bringing Joseph to be in charge of the famine situation (Genesis 41), and then how the famished brothers went to Egypt and there began to remember Joseph and their sin (Genesis 42). Joseph's treatment of his brother may seem harsh, but immediate self‐revelation would have left them feeling guilty. Instead, he leads them into a process of remembering, into a conversion that will restore their self‐respect.

Keywords: Butler; conversion; famine; Genesis; Joseph; Joseph's brothers; remembering; self‐respect; sin

Chapter.  4556 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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