May 29, 2017

Egypt as Divine Incubator

I was reminded recently of how Egypt served as a divine incubator of sorts for Jacob's family (Gen 46-50). The two great dangers facing the incipient nation of Israel was assimilation and/or elimination. Certain aspects related to Egypt provided protection from both. Here is a simple table I created for a recent class on Genesis. (I apologize that I couldn't get the formatting quite right but you get the idea.)
Egypt as a Divine Incubator
Isolation to Avoid Assimilation
Protection to Avoid Elimination
·  Egyptians don’t like eating with foreigners (43:32)
·  Egyptians don’t like shepherds (46:34)
·  Protection of the Egyptian army
·  Protection against famines


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