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Joseph the dreamer

Joseph is sold as a slave by his brothers.
Contributed by MYELLOVE
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Hindi
Joseph was a young man, 17 years old. He and his brothers cared for the flocks. Joseph gave his father Jacob a bad report about his brothers. – Slide 1
Jacob loved Joseph more than his other sons and gave him an expensive colourful robe with long sleeves. Joseph’s brothers were jealous when they saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them. So they hated their brother and would not speak to him politely. – Slide 2
Joseph had a dream and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him even more. Joseph said, ‘Listen to the dream I had. We were in the field tying bundles of wheat together. My bundle stood up, and your bundles of wheat gathered around mine. Your bundles bowed down to mine.’ <br/>His brothers said, ‘Do you really think you will be king over us? Do you truly think you will rule over us?’ – Slide 3
Then Joseph had another dream and told his brothers and Jacob about it also. He said, ‘Listen, I had another dream. I saw the sun, moon and stars bowing down to me.’ <br/>Jacob scolded him, saying, ‘What kind of dream is this? Do you really believe that your mother, your brothers and I will bow down to you?’ – Slide 4
One day Joseph’s brothers went searching for grazing land to herd their father’s sheep. Jacob said to Joseph, ‘Go and see if your brothers and the sheep are all right. Then come back and tell me.’ Joseph set off to find his brothers. <br/>Joseph’s brothers saw him coming from far away. Before he reached them, they made a plan to kill him. – Slide 5
One of the brothers, Reuben, said, ‘Let’s not kill him. Let's throw him into this well!' Reuben planned to save Joseph later and send him back to his father. When Joseph came to his brothers, they pulled off his colourful robe with long sleeves and threw him into the well. The well was empty. – Slide 6
While Joseph was in the well, the brothers sat down to eat and saw a group of Ishmaelite traders on their way to Egypt. Their camels were carrying spices, balm and myrrh. <br/>The brothers decided to sell their brother to the traders. The traders paid them 20 pieces of silver and took Joseph off to Egypt to sell him as a slave. <br/>The brothers killed a goat and dipped Joseph’s colourful long-sleeved robe in its blood. Then they brought the robe to their father who thought Joseph must have been killed by a wild animal. Jacob wept for the loss of his son Joseph, not knowing he was still alive. – Slide 7
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