Joseph And His Coat Of Many Colors

Genesis Chapter 37
Genesis Chapters 39-45
Joseph and his coat of many colors

It was not a "coat of many colors"

Sorry. Once again, bad translation by King James's men. The correct translation of Joseph's famous "coat of many colors" is a "long robe with sleeves." You can see why "coat of many colors" caught on -- it has a much better ring than something that sounds like a fancy bathrobe. Such a robe is mentioned again later in the Bible and is said to be the dress of a princess. Either Jacob was conferring semi-royal status on Joseph or he wanted him to be a cross-dresser.[1]

Genesis 38:13-29 Judah and the Prostitute
Why is the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors broken up by having the story of Judah and the prostitute as Genesis chapter 38? Joseph has just been sold as a slave to one of Pharaoh's officials in Egypt, and suddenly a new story is told which has nothing to do with our Joseph story. One answer offered by Kenneth C. Davis is this was done intentionally to heighten suspense. "This is part of the brilliance of the Hebrew storytellers who composed the Bible. You can imagine everyone sitting around a desert campfire, listening to the story of Joseph. Just as the storyteller gets to Joseph's fate, he shifts attention away with the accounts of Judah and Tamar. The audience is left dangling. It is a technique that worked for Charles Dickens, Saturday afternoon serials, and television soap operas. It keeps the audience waiting expectantly."[2]
[1] Kenneth C. Davis, Don't Know Much About The Bible, pg. 86
[2] ibid. pg. 89

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