The Story of Jacob and Joseph (1974) TV




Director:  Michael Cacoyannis

Starring:  Keith Michell (Jacob), Tony Lo Bianco (Joseph), Colleen Dewhurst (Rebekah), Herschel Bernardi (Laban), Harry Andrews (Isaac), Julian Glover (Esau), Yona Elian (Rachel), Joseph Shiloach (Pharaoh), Rachel Shore (Potiphar's Wife), Bennes Mardenn (Potiphar), Yehuda Efroni (Reuben), Yossi Graber (Butler), Shmuel Atzmon (Judah), Amnon Meskin (Baker), Alan Bates (Narrator).

Joseph is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. 



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Historical Background:


Abraham was the founding patriarch of the Israelites.  He married Sarah.  One of her sons was Isaac, who married Rebecca.  One of Rebecca's children is Jacob, who married Rachel.   

Joseph was born to Jacob and Rachel.  He was the eleventh son of the family.  Jacob gave an elegant coat to Joseph.

The brothers were jealous of Joseph.  To make matters worse, Joseph had a couple of dreams that he interpreted as indicating that one day his brothers would bow down to him.  This made the brothers mad at Joseph. 

The brothers took Joseph and sold him into slavery in Egypt.  They then poured blood Joseph's coat so they could convince their father that Joseph was dead. 

But Joseph did not long remain a slave.  He rose to a position of influence, but was imprisoned on false charges of making advances on the wife of Potiphar, his master.

But Joseph was not to be stopped.  He interpreted Pharaoh's dreams as meaning that Egypt would face famine.  The Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he released him and gave to Joseph the responsibility for Egypt's food stores. 

When the famine came, Joseph's brothers had to come to Egypt for food. The youngest brother, Benjamin was not with them, so Joseph disguised his identity and held one of his brothers hostage in order to force the other brothers to bring Benjamin to Egypt. 

The brothers were shocked when Joseph revealed his identity.  Joseph had his brothers stay and also brought his father Jacob to live there.  Jacob died in Egypt.

Joseph's wife bore him two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.



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