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Amid Famine and Death: Life and Blessing (47:12–Chap. 48)

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/10.1093/0195138368.003.0040
 								Amid Famine and Death: Life and Blessing (47:12–Chap. 48)

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Both episodes seem grim: great famine (Genesis 47:12–28), and Jacob's impending death (47:29–ch. 48). Yet, both conclude with suggestions of vitality. Joseph's takeover of the famine‐struck land, though it seems harsh, leads to a renewal. And, Jacob's deathbed is dominated not by doom but by blessing. (Linking Joseph's takeover of the land to Egyptian history does not change its narrative significance). The combination of upheaval in nature (world famine) with the upheaval of impending death has analogs in the lives of David and Jesus.

Keywords: blessing; David; death; famine; Genesis; Jesus; Joseph; land; renewal; takeover

Chapter.  3798 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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