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6. Joseph

Boy Writing Hebrew Letters on Blackboard

Outline of Joseph 

  • Joseph grows up as the 11th son of Jacob and his favorite. Genesis 37:1-4

  • Joseph’s brothers sell him to the Midianites who sell him to the Egyptians. Genesis 37:12-36

  • Joseph works for Potiphar. Genesis 39:1-6

  • Joseph goes to prison. Genesis 39:20-23

  • Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams and gains great authority. Genesis 41:1-46

  • Due to the famine, some of Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt to get food and do not recognize their brother. Genesis 42:1-24

  • The brothers come back with Benjamin (Joseph’s closest brother) and then Joseph sets his brothers up to be arrested. Genesis 42:25-38; Genesis 43:1-14

  • Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and they bring his father to him. Genesis 45:1-15; Genesis 46:1-7


Can you draw a family tree for Joseph? 

Joseph’s Father is Jacob 

Joseph’s Mother is Rachel 

Joseph’s Brothers became the names of the 12 tribes of Israel

Joseph’s Uncle is Esau 

Joseph’s Aunt is Leah 

Joseph’s Grandfather is Isaac 

Joseph’s Grandmother is Rebekah 

Joseph’s Great-Grandfather is Abraham 

Joseph’s Great- Grandmother is Sarah

Torah Scroll

Don’t Forget the Women (They keep it REALLY interesting!)

  • (RATE R) Dinah: Joseph’s sister and the only girl out of 13 children. (Genesis 34)

  • (RATED R) Tamar: Joseph’s nephew’s wife and Joseph’s brother Judah’s daughter-in-law. (Genesis 38)

  • (RATED PG-13) Potiphar’s Wife: Potiphar worked as captain of Pharaoh's guard in Egypt. He was Joseph’s master when he was in Egypt. Potiphar’s wife thought Joseph was handsome, but Joseph did not betray his master. Potiphar’s wife became upset that Joseph did not like her and set him up to be arrested. (Genesis 39)

Joseph’s Dreams…

  • Genesis 37:5-11 (Brothers will worship)

  • Genesis 40:8-23 (Prison mates' Dreams)

  • Genesis 41:1-39 (Pharaoh's Dreams)

Kid Explanation

Joseph was the youngest son of Jacob, and his father loved him very much. However, his brothers were jealous of him because of this. They even sold Joseph into slavery! Joseph ended up in Egypt, where he worked hard and was thrown into prison for something he didn't do. But, because he could interpret dreams, he caught the attention of the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Joseph helped Pharaoh understand a troubling dream, and as a reward, he became a powerful ruler in Egypt. Later, when there was a famine, Joseph's brothers came to Egypt looking for food. They didn't recognize Joseph, but he forgave them and helped them. Eventually, Joseph and his family were reunited, and they all lived happily ever after in Egypt.

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