Shadowland: Beginnings: Week 60
The generally accepted site of Joseph's tomb is on the West Bank in Nablus.
It was handed over to the Palestinian Authority as part of the Oslo Accords,
with the requirement of free access to people of faith.
Presumably, the grave would contain an Egyptian mummy - but violence between
Israelis and Palestinians has prevented access.
- 50:3 "the Egyptians mourned for him 70 days" - this was the formal
mourning period for a royal, as it was the time required for
- 50:15 "perhaps Joseph will hate us" - not an unreasonable fear given human
nature. "all the evil which we did to him" - they recognized their
own sin, and feared justice.
- 50:16 "before your father died, he commanded" - a rather unlikely tale.
They didn't feel worthy to just ask for mercy.
- 50:17 "Joseph wept" - that they were lying, and doubted his forgiveness.
- 50:19 "Am I in the place of God?" - "Vengence is mine, saith the Lord"
- 50:20 "you meant it for evil" - Joseph does not romanticize the evil
done. "God meant it for good"
- 50:24 "God will surely bring you up out of Egypt"
- 50:25 According to this and Hebrews 11:22, Joseph was not buried until
they buried him in Schechem after the Exodus.
- 50:26 "a coffin in Egypt" - His coffin laid aboveground for the 200 or so
years until it was taken back to Canaan. It was a silent witness for
all those years that Israel was going back to the Promised Land, just
as God said.