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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Remembering Joseph: His Rise and the Brothers' Conversion (Chaps. 41–42)

Remembering Joseph: His Rise and the Brothers' Conversion (Chaps. 41–42)

Joseph Becomes the Wise Ruler of Egypt (Chap. 41)

The Anatomy of the Brothers' Conversion (Chap. 42)

37 Remembering Joseph: His Rise and the Brothers' Conversion (Chaps. 41–42)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

The narrative recounts first, how the butler finally remembered his sins and Joseph, thus bringing Joseph to be in charge of the famine situation (Genesis 41), and then how the famished brothers went to Egypt and there began to remember Joseph and their sin (Genesis 42). Joseph's treatment of his brother may seem harsh, but immediate self‐revelation would have left them feeling guilty. Instead, he leads them into a process of remembering, into a conversion that will restore their self‐respect.

Keywords:   Butler, conversion, famine, Genesis, Joseph, Joseph's brothers, remembering, self‐respect, sin

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