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Abraham in Canaan
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Jacob continues to live in Canaan, at Hebron.

Jacob gives his favorite son Joseph an expensive multi-colored coat. This makes his brothers very jealous. Joseph dreams about his brothers’ sheaves of wheat bowing down to his sheaf, and when he tells his brothers, it fuels their jealousy. When he tells them about eleven stars bowing down before him, the eleven brothers are furious.

2

Joseph’s brothers take the family’s flocks to graze in the less arid hill country near Shechem.

Joseph, now aged seventeen, arrives at Shechem but the brothers have left. 

3

He finds them grazing the flocks on the fertile pastures near Dothan – on the plain between the hills of Samaria and the Mount Carmel range.

The brothers plot their revenge and throw Joseph into a dry well.

Genesis 37:17-24

4

The brothers see a group of Ishmaelite traders travelling from Gilead to Egypt. Their camels are loaded with spices and resins (‘Balm of Gilead’). Reuben – the eldest – had persuaded the brothers not to kill Joseph; so they sell him to the Ishmaelites as a slave.

Genesis 37:25-27

5

Joseph is ultimately sold on to some Midianite merchants and taken to Egypt (along The Way of the Sea).

The brothers dip Joseph’s coat in blood, then trick Jacob into believing that Joseph has been killed by a wild animal.

On reaching Egypt in c.1683BC, Joseph is sold by the Midianite traders to Potiphar, captain of the Pharaoh’s palace guard.

Genesis 37:28-36

Joseph Sold Into Slavery
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Deborah (Judges)
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The Judges

For nearly four hundred years following the invasion of Canaan in c.1406BC, Israel was a loose confederation of self-governing tribes. Far from being a strong and unified nation, the new inhabitants of Canaan consisted of scattered groups of tribal clans, often separated from each other by rival settlements of Canaanites, Amorites and Philistines who had occupied the area before the arrival of the Israelites. The ‘conquered’ land of Canaan remained dotted with ‘enemy’ strongholds such as Jebus (Jerusalem), Gezer and Megiddo, and the Philistine cities of GazaGathAshkelonAshdod and Ekron were little more than a short march away.

Frequently the rival groups clashed, and often the Philistines and Canaanites became dominant, demanding subservience from the Israelites. Throughout this period, intermarriage between the Israelites and their neighbours was common. The one thing uniting the Israelite tribes was their common worship of Yahweh, the God of Israel, and the Bible blames the failure of the Israelites to defeat their neighbours on intermarriage and the assimilation of foreign customs – including the worship of foreign gods.

During particularly difficult times of subjection and hardship, God frequently raised up inspirational leaders who cajoled the Israelites into concerted action against their powerful neighbours. These leaders – strong characters such as Othniel, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah and Samson – became known as the ‘judges’. The term is misleading, however, as while these leaders no doubt dispensed justice within their own local area, they had no jurisdiction over the other tribes of Israel. Even Samuel, the last and probably the most powerful of the ‘judges’, confined his ‘judge’s circuit’ to ‘sittings’ at Ramah, Bethel, Gilgal and Mizpah – all within a 15 mile / 24 km radius of his home in the central hill country of Ephraim, north of Jerusalem (see 1 Samuel 7:15-17).

Source: The Bible Journey

Canaanite altar at Megiddo

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Paul’s third missionary journey – click to view video.

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