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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Amid Famine and Death: Life and Blessing (47:12–Chap. 48)

Amid Famine and Death: Life and Blessing (47:12–Chap. 48)

Amid Famine, Life (47:12–28)

Amid Death: Blessing(47:29–Chap. 48)

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(p.398) 40 Amid Famine and Death: Life and Blessing (47:12–Chap. 48)
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Genesis as Dialogue
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Thomas L. Brodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195138368.003.0040

Both episodes seem grim: great famine (Genesis 47:12–28), and Jacob's impending death (47:29–ch. 48). Yet, both conclude with suggestions of vitality. Joseph's takeover of the famine‐struck land, though it seems harsh, leads to a renewal. And, Jacob's deathbed is dominated not by doom but by blessing. (Linking Joseph's takeover of the land to Egyptian history does not change its narrative significance). The combination of upheaval in nature (world famine) with the upheaval of impending death has analogs in the lives of David and Jesus.

Keywords:   blessing, David, death, famine, Genesis, Jesus, Joseph, land, renewal, takeover

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