The biblical Joseph tells his fellow prisoners: "For in truth, I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews; nor have I done anything here that they should have put me in the dungeon.” -- Gen 40:15 Sforno (Italy, c.1470 - 1550 CE) explains that Joseph's meaning: the reason why he will have me released … Continue reading (#38) No Trial
Continuing the previous stage, we see the biblical Joseph, who'd been sold into servitude at age 17, in prison: "And So Joseph’s master had him put in prison, where the king’s prisoners were confined..." Gen 39:20 “and he put him in jail.” This is a kind of underground prison, a dungeon, a place where the … Continue reading (#37) The Pit
This stage takes the biblical Joseph into prison, and with his story in mind, we consider the conditions of youth in detention during this pandemic. Just received this from Southern Poverty Law Center and so include it FYI.
Sisters Rachel and Leah, both of whom marry the biblical Jacob, have differing relationships to the land of their birth and to the one where Jacob resettles. Their stories reflect past and future exile and a sense of being outsiders in the home of their birth. With this stage, we meet Rachel's child, Joseph, the … Continue reading (#35) Two Sisters
This stage explores the biblical Jacob's travels to "artzah bnei-kedem," the "land of the Easterners" or, maybe, "the land of the past."
We've reached an odd juncture in the 49-stage journey, one associated in Jewish lore with the ending of a plague that killed 12,000 pairs of students. There is more on this plague and its relationship to racial justice here: Death by Disrespect and Conversing for Racial Justice.
More on Hagar, including her naming of God at what is then called Beer Lahai Roi
Hagar and Ishmael, and their connection to Mitzrayim, add another layer to the story of the Yisrael-ites and Mitzrayim-ites. This stage quotes from Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative by Phyllis Trible. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.
In contrast, or complement, to the historical and geographic view of the last stage, here is a literary/imaginative look at the journeying of the biblical Abraham and Sarah. Quoted: Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in the Modern Jewish Imagination. Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000. Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad … Continue reading (#30) Tevye’s View
Exploring early ancestors behind the Exodus story and locating the story in geography.