Old Testament

The Pentateuch

What meaning did Joseph give to the cupbearer’s dream?

Joseph said that the three branches represented three days, and that within three days Pharaoh would “lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you shall place pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.” (NRSV, Genesis 40:13) Joseph explained to the cupbearer that he, Joseph, was in the prison unjustly, and he asked the cupbearer to mention him to Pharaoh.


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