Coat of Many Colors
According to the King James Version , Genesis reads, "Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. Aryeh Kaplan in The Living Torah gives a range of possible explanations:. James Swanson suggests that the phrase indicates a "tunic or robe unique in design for showing special favor or relationship" and that "either the robe was very long-sleeved and extending to the feet, or a richly-ornamented tunic either of special color design or gold threading, both ornamental and not suitable for working. The phrase is used one other time in the Hebrew Scriptures, to describe the garment worn by Tamar, daughter of David , in 2 Samuel Joseph's father Jacob also called Israel favored him and gave Joseph the coat as a gift; as a result, he was envied by his brothers, who saw the special coat as an indication that Joseph would assume family leadership. His brothers' suspicion grew when Joseph told them of his two dreams Genesis in which all the brothers bowed down to him.
Do two of the following activities A—C as you study Genesis Explain why. List the challenges in Genesis 37 that Joseph faced. Gain Insight from the Book of Mormon. At Dothan, seventeen-year-old Joseph was thrown into a pit by his brothers and sold to a passing caravan of Ishmaelite merchants. Joseph served Potiphar for eleven years, spent two years in prison, and was then called forth by the pharaoh and made prime minister of Egypt at the age of thirty.