Hebrew History from Abraham to Moses
When Abram was around 100 years old God promised him that he would be “The father of many” and their God changed his name from Abram to Abraham. His wife gave birth to Isaac.
When Isaac God called on Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Moses went up Mount Hebron and was about to offer up Isaac when an angel of the Lord came down to Abraham and told him “That God would not let him hurt Isaac and would prepare another offering in Isaacs place.”
Isaac later had to Sons, Esau and Jacob, Esau was a great hunter as well as the oldest, and Jacob tended to the flocks of Sheep. One day as Esau came back from a long day of hunting, he asked his brother for some of the soup he was preparing. Jacob deciding to take advantage of the situation told his brother “I will give you some soup if you give me your birthright” and Esau readily agreed, being famished from his hunt.
At the time close to Isaac’s death, he called for Esau to give him his birthright, but their mother loving Jacob more, told him to prepare a goat, take the hair from it, and put it on his arms so his Father would think he was Esau (Esau was extremely hairy.). Isaac was fooled by Jacob’s deception and gave the birthright to him instead of Esau.
When Esau found out what had happened, he went into a rage, and said that he would kill Jacob for it. Rebecca overheard Esau and warned Jacob, telling him to run and escape Esau’s fury. Jacob hid from Esau for many years. He finally returned to his home and the brothers forgave each other.
When Jacob had become a much older man, his wife gave birth to his son and Jacob named him Joseph. Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other son’s and they became very jealous of Joseph. One-day Joseph came up to his brother’s and told them that he would rule over them. That was the final straw for them and his brother’s sold Joseph into slavery.
Joseph was a slave to Potiphar and when he saw how well Joseph worked, Potiphar put him over all the other slaves. Potiphar’s wife saw Joseph and went to seduce him but Joseph refused. In her fury, she called her guards and made up a story about Joseph, trying to make him look bad.
Joseph is thrown in prison and starts to interpret dreams, starting with the cupbearer and the chief baker, eventually interpreting the dreams of the Pharaoh himself. As Joseph continues to gain popularity with the people he gains the position of second in command of the whole nation. Around the time of Joseph’s raise in position a famine grows all through the country and Joseph’s brother’s come to Egypt looking for food. When Joseph hears that his brothers have come he tells them to bring his younger brother Benjamin concealing his identity. When they return with Benjamin, he is framed with stealing a goblet of gold, and when the brothers plead with Joseph to release Benjamin he reveals himself and rejoices at seeing them.