Old Testament

The Pentateuch

Did the famine affect Joseph’s family back in Canaan?

Yes. When Joseph’s father, Jacob, heard that there was food in Egypt, he fretted and complained to his sons, “Why do you sit around here and look at one another?” (The Message, Genesis 42:1) He sent ten of his sons there to buy some. He kept Joseph’s full brother, Benjamin, with him because he feared for his safety.


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