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Joseph's Prison Dreams
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Joseph shows no interest whatsoever in what John Milton once called          tribute that his brothers offer him
Joseph: "Fear not, am I in place of       ?"
believes that such displays of                    are not due any human being, but God alone
all that has transpired had little to do with     
God is the one who has                            all of our actions
let us return our attention to his designs rather than the petty jealousies that have plagued our             
he's no longer the                  son talking advantage of his position in the family
but he is simply a man doing what God has asked of him and not seeking the                        of his brothers
when we first read Genesis chapter 37, we think these dreams are about           , which Joseph will wield over his brothers
if that were about power, then Joseph's refusal of the                        of his brothers would seem to be a denial of the providential arrangements God had ordained
but certainly Joseph is not turning his back on God
so we can understand Joseph as                            the situation
this means that we, the readers, got something           
Joseph's Dream
Genesis 37:5-7: "Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they            him all the more. He said to them, 'Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.'"
the interpretation of the dream as it appeared to Joseph, the brothers and the readers could not be correct
the dream seemed to be about power
but we saw that Joseph did not derive this              from these dreams
two other sets of dreams in the Joseph dream cycle
these two dreams that Pharaoh had that led to Joseph's rise to power
1. the cup-bearer dream
when Joseph was in             
Joseph saw that two men were                     
they explained they had perplexing dreams
Joseph asked, and cup-bearer answered:
Genesis 40:9-11: "And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, in my dream, behold, a vine was before me. And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth, and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes. And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the             , and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand."
Joseph explained:
Genesis 40:12-13: "'This is what it means,' Joseph said to him. 'The three branches are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cup-bearer.'"
2. the baker's dream
Genesis 40:16-17: "When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white                on my head. And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head."
unfortunately the baker's dream did not                a good result
Genesis 40:18-19: "And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee."
characteristics of Joseph's dream interpretation
they become         
they do not come from personal skill but from              aid
Genesis 40:8: "And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not                                belong to God? Tell me them, I pray you."
Eponymous Ancestors in the Bible
The Story of Jacob and his Sons
The Biblical Motif of First Born Son
The Shepherd Motif
Joseph's Dreams
The Problematic of Chosenness: Samuel and Joseph
Joseph in the Pit: Descent and Ascent
The Three Descents and Ascents of Joseph
Change in the Non-Elect
Joseph's Prison Dreams
The Symbolic of Joseph's Dreams as Service Not Power
Judah Pleads to Joseph for Benjamin
Judah as Most Important Son of Jacob
The Concept of Salvator Mundi
Transition from Israel to Jesus
Elijah and the Restoration of Israel
Preparing for the Restoration
Historical Jesus and the Importance of Criteria
The Historical Jesus and the Criteria of Coherence
Jesus: Who Do You Say I Am?
Chosenness and Responsibility to Love and Service
Discipleship as Service to Others
The Travel Narrative: Humanity's Blindness
Who was Responsible for the Death of Jesus
Rembrandt's Depictions of the Trial of Jesus