Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Genesis 43-47

The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)

43:29 - Joseph sees Benjamin, his mother's son.

44:20 - Judah explains to Joseph that Benjamin is his father's son of old age. Benjamin's brother is dead and so he is the only child of his mother left and his father loves Benjamin very much.
44:27 - Judah tells Joseph how his father told him that his wife bore him two sons, and one has already left him.

45:19 - Joseph tells his brothers to take wagons from Egypt for their children and wives and bring all of them and their father into Egypt.
45:23 - Joseph send his father ten donkeys loaded with good things from Egypt and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread and provisions.

46:5 - The sons carry their father, children and wives to Egypt.
46:7 - Jacob brought all his offspring into Egypt, his sons and his son's sons, his daughter and his son's daughters.
46:10 - Shual was the son of a Canaanite woman.
46:15 - These are the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan-aram, together with his daughter Dinah. In all his sons and daughters numbered 33.
46:18 - These are the children of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah, and Zilpah bore to jacob sixteen persons.
46:19 - The children of Jacob's wife Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin.
46:20 - Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore Jacob Manasseh and Ephraim.
46:22 - These are the children of Rachel born to Jacob, numbering fourteen.
46:25 - These are the children of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel, and she bore Jacob seven persons in all.
46:26 - The number of Jacob's offspring, not including his sons's wives, was sixty-six.
(This is another name heavy genealogy section, and as mentioned in an earlier post I cannot tell if there are any female names mentioned. If anyone knows of any women named in this section please do let me know so I can add it.)

Genesis 47 - No mention of any women.

My Comments

So, a pretty boring section. Pretty much just mentioning which woman had which son. I do find it interesting that pretty much all children are born TO the father. The wives cannot just have the children, the children must be had FOR their husband and the children belong to the husband, not to the wives. Just a little insulting, I think. The women did carry the children for nine months, you'd think they'd have a little ownership of their own children.

Not much to say on this section. We're moving out of the Joseph story and into the Egypt enslaving the Hebrews saga. Maybe there will be more to discuss in the upcoming chapters.

Tomorrow: Genesis 48-50 and Exodus 1-3

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