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08 September 2007 @ 01:40 pm
So, the end of this chapter goes on to recount that Joseph enjoys a great success, Pharaoh provides a home and wealth and even a wife for Joseph; she bore him two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. During the years of plenty he collected ”all the food the land produced”; presumably not actually all the food as that would have meant that the people would have starved during the years of plenty. There was such a quantity of grain that Joseph ”stopped keeping records because it was beyond measuring.”
There is no mention made of any compensation being paid to the farmers for their grain and other foodstuffs, however:

”When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the store-houses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.”

GENESIS 41:56-57

-Nice little earner for the Pharaoh and Joseph then.
And I have to wonder at that”all the world” thing; does it really mean “all the world, as far as the Middle-East”? Or really “all the world”? Is there an account of a severe famine at this time in Europe, or the Americas, or Australia, or China, etc. I don’t think so. Of course the authors were only referring to their immediate world. This in turn suggests that they were indeed writing this from their own imaginings and perspectives, and that there was no divine spirit behind them or ‘working through’ them. A divine spirit would have known about (for example) America at this time, even if the authors did not.
Joseph certainly is a strange character. He appears arrogant, condescending, insensitive and, quite frankly, like an accomplished con-man. He thinks nothing of fabricating stories, preying on people’s fears and worries and then using them to gain wealth and position for himself. In short he appears like any TV-evangelical, or ‘clairvoyant’ charlatan that pervades modern culture. Eat your heart out, Sylvia Browne.

captain_aaroncaptain_aaron on September 11th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)

This book is so going to sell like hot cakes once you get it out!

lets see if it can overthrow the bible and outsell it too!

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