JOSEPH SON OF JACOB
The Bible Story - Part 1
Dr. Ben Carson received a lot of unfavorable publicity early in his campaign to become President of the United States because of his stated belief that the Biblical story of Joseph son of Jacob was true, that there was indeed a 7-year famine in Egypt in the days of Joseph, and that one or several pyramids was connected in some way with the storage of grain supervised by Joseph.
Genesis 37:2 "These are the generations of Jacob.
"Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, and the lad was with with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report."
3 "Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors."
Joseph brought unto his father his brothers evil report, as did Dr. Carson bring an "evil report" until all who would listen to him. Under the 7 years of Obama's presidency, the country was not, as Hillary Clinton was claiming, better off and prosperous, but instead, a whole lot worse off in ways that Dr. Carson was willing and able to enumerate!
And as the only black man, the only Afro-American running for president in 2015 - 2016, Dr. Carson could be seen by some as representing a "Rainbow Coalition", as was Joseph proud to wear his many-colored coat given him by his father Jacob-Israel.
Jacob's 12 sons (and 1 daughter, Dinah) were the children of 4 different women, 2 of them servants, of different cultural backgrounds, and possibly different races and skin colors. A good analogy for the people of the United States.
4 "And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him."
5 "And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more."
6 "And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed."
7 "For behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood around about, and made obeisance to my sheaf."
8 "And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words."
9 'And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me."
10 "And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?"
11 "And his brethren envied him but his father observed the saying (meaning quite likely that his father believed that this might indeed come to pass as Joseph had dreamed it would)."
There's a certain correspondence here between this part of the "Joseph" story and what has happened in 2015 in Dr. Ben Carson's run for President. Surely a man who dreams of being President of the United States is dreaming of a position in which all his "brethren" would see him as "reigning over them". And that not only his Republican rivals, but quite predictably most of the Democrats would envy him if he achieved marked success in the polls. Which was indeed the case, and some Democrat cartoonist made and circulated this cartoon late in 2015.
Cartoon of Dr. Carson circulated by Democrat Opponents in late 2015
Those who ridicule the Bible because they are too lazy to read or study it, or whose parents or teachers have taught them that everything in the Bible is either mythological or meant to force them into a way of life they have no desire to live are indeed a lot more ignorant and prejudiced themselves than Dr. Carson is pictured here in this cartoon. Although not everything in the Bible is historically accurate, its authors have done pretty well with the records they had available to work with.
As we are finding out on this web page is true of the Biblical Joseph. And those who read what I have written elsewhere on this web site about the man the Bible calls "Noah" and the flood (or series of floods and major climate changes) that have occurred periodically in earth's history have indeed been real, although it has been easy to criticize and even make fun of the Biblical story in Genesis 6 - 8.