Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Judah and Joseph - Part 1: Brothers at Odds
Jacob had twelve sons, but two of those sons, Judah and Joseph, end up with the birthright and the blessing of Abraham. As Judah and Joseph are introduced and begin to play a more prominent role in the Bible, the primary story line follows that of Joseph, but Judah’s story is inserted into the narrative. The story, then, reverts to Joseph. Finally, as the story of Joseph reaches a conclusion, Judah once more plays a prominent role. How do the stories of Judah and Joseph compare? What does inserting Judah’s story into that of Joseph’s reveal about these two brothers?