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The story of the Patriarch, Joseph, draws our attention to Joseph, husband of Mary. Both were addressed by God through dreams; both went to Egypt as a result of attempts on life⎯the patriarch Joseph himself, and Jesus.
The chapter sets the stage for God to use a victim of fraternal strife to become the means of salvation for his brothers. Joseph anticipates Jesus. The leaders of God’s own people complete the attempt on Jesus’ life by Herod years later; the scribes and Pharisees collectively have the same power and arrogance of Herod.
The betrayal of Joseph by his brothers is not unlike that of Judas, and the denial of Peter. However, the victory will come in Joseph’s fidelity to his God and Jesus’ adherence to the Father.
How does this reading touch you and move you to trust what God is doing in your life no matter what may be coming against you?
Free us, Lord, from fam’ly strife.
Reuben saving Joseph’s life v. 21
Joseph a slave in Egypt v. 28
Jacob mourning for Joseph v. 34
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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