The Bible Slam: Genesis Chapter 50

The final chapter of Genesis is devoted to the funeral arrangements of Jacob (aka Israel).   Jacob was embalmed in the Egyptian tradition and the Egyptians mourned for him.   Joseph gets permission from Pharaoh to bury Jacob in Canaan, in the same cave that Abraham had purchased.

Joseph and his brothers move back to Egypt.   The brothers were afraid that Joseph would seek revenge for what they did to him when he was a child, but Joseph assures them that it was part of God's plan.

Joseph then dies at 110 years old in Egypt.   The Egyptians embalm him and bury him in Egypt.

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Discussion Points.

In its annotations to the King James version, the Skeptic's Bible points out that:

  • Genesis 50:13 states that "For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre."   Act 7:15-16 says that Jacob was "carried over into Shechem, and laid in the sepulchre."   Previous versus in Genesis are consistent in calling it the field of Machpelah.
  • Jacob/Israel's prophesy in Genesis 48:21 was wrong:   "And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers."   Joseph both died and was buried in Egypt, not the land of his fathers.

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