Study Guide

Book of Genesis Chapters 46 – 49

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Chapters 46 – 49

Jacob & Co.

  • With God's blessing Jacob moves his entire family, property, and goods to Egypt.
  • Jacob and Joseph meet up in Goshen, and it gets emotional. 
  • A big meeting with Pharaoh comes around, and Joseph introduces five of his brothers as representatives for the entire family. 
  • Pharaoh tells Joseph to take them to Goshen and, if they're capable, make them handlers of livestock instead of shepherds. Pharaoh leases his own royal livestock for them to tend. Fancy.
  • Then Joseph introduces his father Jacob. Parent-teacher conference, anyone?
  • Joseph sets everyone up with some land and food and makes sure everyone has enough. 
  • The famine is getting really bad in Egypt, and each year, the Egyptians have to pay more and more in order to eat.
  • Don't be afraid to say it: Joseph's profiting off of other people's misery. Or is he just a good ol' fashioned capitalist?
  • Pharaoh takes possession of the land and the people, and the people thank Joseph for their survival.
  • At this point, Jacob is 147 years old. He knows death is drawing near, so he summons Joseph and requests that he bury him with their ancestors and not in Egypt. 
  • Joseph takes his two sons to see Jacob. Jacob explains that Joseph's two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, will now be counted as if they were Jacob's sons. 
  • Sounds trivial, but the twelve tribes of Israel later will be Reuben, Gad, Simeon, Judah, Dan, Benjamin, Asher, Naphtali, Zebulun, Issachar, Manasseh, and Ephraim. 
  • Joseph's tribe is actually two tribes named after his sons, and Levi doesn't get a tribe at all. Why not? Because he's going to be the father of all priests. 
  • Jacob, who's mostly called Israel now, gives a formulaic blessing to Manasseh and Ephraim. Now Jacob's having trouble seeing, just like his father, Isaac, did (recall 27:1). 
  • Jacob blesses the younger son, Ephraim, with the right hand, typically reserved for the eldest son. 
  • Jacob gathers all of his sons and tells them about their future lives. He reminds them where he wants to be buried, and then he dies.
  • It was a good run.

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