The Bible Slam: Genesis Chapter 41

A couple of years go by and Pharaoh has a recurring dream that troubles him.   None of Pharaoh's magicians are able to interpret the dream.   The chief butler who had forgotten all about Joseph in the previous chapter suddenly remembers him, and tells Pharaoh that Joseph might be able to interpret the dream.

So Joseph gets pulled out of the dungeon, gets a shave and clean clothes, and is presented to Pharaoh.   Joseph interprets the dream, saying that God is giving Pharaoh a message that there will be seven good years of harvest, followed by seven years of severe drought that will affect the entire earth.   Joseph suggests to Pharaoh that a discrete man be appointed to oversee collecting all the excess food for storage and use during the drought.   Of course, Joseph is appointed to this position.   Pharaoh basically makes Joseph the second in command in Egypt, gives him a new name, Zaphnathpaaneah, and gives him a wife, Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.   Joseph is 30 years old.

Over the next seven years, Joseph collects the excess harvest and places it in storage.   He has two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, and then the drought comes.   Joseph is in charge of distributing food.

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Discussion Points.

At Genesis 41:32, it says:

And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Does this mean that if we have recurring dreams, it's something that God is going to make happen?

As pointed out in the Skeptics Annotated King James Bible, the Chinese, Native American Indians, and Mayans would have traveled to Egypt to get food since they were suffering from drought, too:

41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

Have   archeologists ever found evidence of Zaphnathpaaneah (the name Joseph received from Pharaoh)?   Some Christian apologists say that Zaphnathpaaneah was a nickname, so you'd have to look for evidence of Joseph instead of Zaphnathpaaneah.

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