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Joseph in the Pit: Descent and Ascent
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after Joseph revealed his              to his brothers
Jacob,                   , sends him off to check on the well-being of his brothers
and return report
they conspire against him to kill him
here comes the               
throw him into a pit
and say a wild            devoured him
             heard this, said to not take his life
shed no blood
cast him into a pit
but lay no hand upon him
they cast him into an empty pit with no water in it
the casting of Joseph into a pit is no                    detail
                 artists regularly contrasted
1. the dropping of Joseph into a pit
2. the laying out of               ' body after he was removed from the cross
3. the casting of the prophet            into the sea
all three depicted the death and the resurrection
in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus explicitly compares his own death and resurrection with the figure of Jonah
an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah
so as Jonah was            days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth
Jonah is cast into the sea and then cast back onto        land
parallels Jesus descent into the realms of death and his resurrection
however, we do not have a description of Joseph's descent or              into or out of the pit as death or resurrection
the role of the pit in the Joseph story
the role that pits will play in the Book of Psalms in the biblical               
Psalm 30
someone suffering from an               
feels he is going to die
"if I go down to the pit, will the          praise thee?"
compares death to descent into a pit
a pit is regularly used in the Old Testament to describe the underworld
"thou has brought up my soul from            (the underworld), restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit"
its not hard to imagine how a pit could function as an image for the                     
refered to in the ancient world as                 
walls of these structures are nearly vertical
if it was a pit to hold water, the walls would have been                    and smooth to touch
nearly impossible for an individual to get out
the only way to get out of the pit would be to have others          you out
Psalmist thanks the          for lifting him out to the pit he believes he had sunk into
unless someone is there to lift someone out of the pit,            seems a certain end
Joseph descends three times
1. into the pit when brothers drop him into the pit
2. Joseph's descent into           
entry is a descent
return is an ascent
not always apparent in                         
3. descent into prison
today we don't think of prisons or jails as being underground
in Hebrew, the word for pit, "      ", is often used to describe a jail
Genesis 41:14
jail in which Joseph will be put is described as a pit

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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