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The Land of Goshen

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The Land of Goshen probably covered a small area. But it was very fertile and was a good place to raise sheep and cattle (46:28–34).

Money

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Money in the form of coins did not come into use until around the sixth century b.c. In Joseph’s time, in the nineteenth century b.c.,… Read More »Money

Signets

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Signets were seals that bore a unique mark representing their owner. Some signets were worn around the neck; others were worn as rings (41:42). The… Read More »Signets

Cupbearers

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Cupbearers (40:1) were high-ranking officials who served the kings of the ancient Near East. Their job was dangerous: before bringing any drink to the king,… Read More »Cupbearers

A long walk!

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A long walk! Jacob sent Joseph to see how his brothers were doing, as they tended their sheep (37:14). Joseph headed northward, probably walking, and… Read More »A long walk!

Terebinths

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Terebinths are huge, spreading trees that grow to a height of 20–26 feet (6–8 m). They have reddish-green leaves and red berries that grow in… Read More »Terebinths

Succoth

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The name Succoth (33:17) means “booths.” A booth was a temporary dwelling resembling a tent or a hut. Most of the people around Succoth were… Read More »Succoth