According to the Old Testament, Joseph, a
son of Jacob and Rachel, was his father's favorite.
Jealous of Joseph's famous "coat of many colors," the brothers
feigned his death, and sold him into slavery. After many
years, trials, and tribulations in Egypt, Joseph eventually
arose as an important official in the pharaoh's government.
Joseph foresaw a famine, and built up ample stores. This
very famine brought Joseph's brothers to Egypt to buy grain.
Joseph soon enough forgave them and provided for them. The
family stayed in Egypt, being granted lands in the province of
Goshen by the pharaoh. This explains the presence of the
chosen family in Egypt. On his deathbed, Joseph demanded
that his embalmed body be entombed in Canaan only when the
Israelites should leave Egypt (which was done under the later
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