Figures of Prominence in the Old Testament Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein 5 - Joseph One of Jacob’s sons was Joseph, known as “the dreamer.” Joseph was given a coat of many colors (suggesting balanced chakras?) by his parents; he also dreamed the sun, moon, and stars (his parents and his brothers) would all bow down before him, a dream that made them very angry. They threw him in a pit, took his coat and tore it and told their father he’d been eaten by a wild animal. They were going to leave him in the pit to die, but one brother thought better of it, so they took him out and sold him to Ishmaelite traders, who sold him as a slave in Egypt. This amounts to an ego death experience, because he’d lost his name, his family, all his possessions and had ended up far away from home. However, in Egypt he went to work for the highly positioned Potiphar, and was doing quite well until Mrs. Potiphar decided she wanted a closer encounter with him. He demurred, but lost his cloak as he ran away. He wound up in prison thanks to her telling lies about him. So twice he was thrown into a pit, and twice he lost his coat, and twice he’d lost his good name—some people have to suffer ego death more than once! While in prison he interpreted the dreams of the pharaoh’s cook and butler; later the butler recommended him to the Pharaoh, who had dreamed of seven fat kine followed by seven thin kine and seven good ears of corn followed by seven blighted ears of corn; Joseph interpreted these dreams to mean seven prosperous years followed by seven years of famine. So he told the Pharaoh to store grain against the coming lean years, and for his good sense, he was rewarded by becoming the Pharaoh’s first in command. When the hard times arrived, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt for help. Joseph interviewed them and told them before he would help them again, they must go back and bring their youngest brother. When they did, he sold them supplies but hid a chalice in the pack of the youngest brother Benjamen; then he sent has soldiers after them saying the young one had stolen from him. When the brothers came back and said he should punish them instead of the boy, Joseph knew they had changed and he acknowledged himself to them. And sure enough, they bowed down before him! (A fun version of the story of Joseph is now out on video: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.) This is a story about knowing God through going within, called in Hebrew “Hashem.” So Joseph essentially led his people into Egypt, where they were exposed to Egyptian religious practices, possibly to Eqyptian mystery school practices, and possibly to the monotheism of Akhenaten. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily