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Now the story shifts to Jacob's son. Yep, it's still a family affair.
Joseph is Jacob's favorite (come on, everyone has one), so Jacob gives him a fancy coat. Oh, also, Joseph dreams of his brothers' sheaves bowing down to his sheaf. Then he goes and tells them about all about it.
First, a fancy coat and now this? Cue jealous brothers.
What does he think he's going to do? Rule over them or something?
Then Joseph dreams a second similar dream and blabs to everyone all about it.
His brothers are fuming at this point. Joseph's the second youngest of Jacob's children, so he definitely shouldn't be getting all this attention.
Joseph's brothers are pasturing their father's sheep at Shechem, when Israel sends Joseph out to meet up with his brothers and report back to him.
Joseph's brothers see him coming and conspire to kill him. The only question is how they should they do it.
Plan A: they kill Joseph, then throw him into a pit and say some wild animals killed him.
Plan B: throw Joseph into a pit, but don't kill him.
When Joseph arrives near his brothers, they strip off his big fancy coat and throw him into a pit. Guess it was Plan B FTW.
Meanwhile, the brothers are eating and see a group of Ishmaelite businessmen traveling from Gilead to Egypt.
Judah, one of Joseph's older brothers, suggests selling Joseph to the Ishmaelites so that technically they are not guilty of murder. Plus, they can make some money while they're at it.
And that's just what they do. The brothers sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.
The brothers take Joseph's robe, kill a goat, dip the robe in the blood, and bring it to their father as if Joseph is dead. Jacob is upset, to say the least.
Meanwhile, the businessmen who bought Joseph take him to Egypt and sell him to one of the higher-ups in the Pharaoh's court, "the captain of the bodyguard" (37:36 NRSV).