“Just because you wouldn’t feed a baby to a bear doesn’t mean you know right from wrong.” – Me.
Joseph is a shining example, to me, of someone who has the knowledge to differentiate between right and wrong. More importantly, however, he has the discipline to act on what is right, even if the principles of justice would allow him to get revenge.
Joseph’s brothers steal his clothes, throw him in a hole, and sell him to the Ishmaelites. As far as good brothers go, they aren’t in my top 5 desired brothers.
All of that is just the preface for learning about Joseph though.
The first thing that suggests anything about Joseph’s character is when he tells his brothers about his dream of his dominance over them, in Genesis 37, 5-8. To prevent this, they sell him to the Ishmaelites which eventually promotes the fulfillment of this prophetic dream.
What I really want to focus on in my prospectus, though, is the fact that when his time comes to get revenge on his brothers, Joseph essentially pranks them in a couple of different ways, withholding his identity and planting some of his riches in his youngest brother’s luggage, causing him to be seized. It’s very important to see that all Joseph’s superficial revenge was ultimately harmless. He eventually gets to see his dad and his brothers again, all on good terms and gets to be a family with them again.
In my paper I will observe the moral pressure and implications of Joseph’s journey’s exposition, the journey itself, his brothers actions and mindsets, and Joseph’s hierarchical empowerment by the Pharaoh and how those factors effect Joseph and his morals and decisions.