Dreams of the Prisoners – Genesis 40

In this class, Ross covers the 40th chapter of Genesis. It contains the story of two prisoners, placed in the care of Joseph. They both have dreams on the same night, and awaken troubled due to their thinking that none can interpret the meaning of their dreams. In this class, Ross discusses what we know of dreams this far in the biblical narrative. Genesis 40 is the first time we meet with the subject of oneiromancy (the interpretation of dreams). The Hebrew root word פתר occurs in this week’s reading. Tabor translates it as “open.” It is generally translated as interpret. This reading has Joseph inform the prisoners of the meaning of their dreams, and according to his “interpretation” the dreams come to pass with three days for each. While Joseph makes it clear that the interpretation, or “opening” of the otherwise sealed dream, it is becoming clear that Joseph truly is, the Lord of the dreams.

Genesis #35
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