The language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis 50, Post #3

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Genesis 50:11-14

Today we are going into the stop in the land of Canaan and the people of Atad saw the mourning of the family and the Mitsraim (people of Egypt) that were with them. They commented about how sad they seemed at the threshing floor where they were weeping. They even renamed that place. From then on, it was called Abel-mitsraim which means "mourning of the Egyptians." I think they may have thought that the group of travelers were all Egyptians because they dressed like Egyptians. They were also coming from the direction of Egypt. It could have been a huge assumption in my opinion.

The story then says that they did what their father asked and carried Jacob to the cave at Machpela. The scriptures do not mention another stop on the way to his burial so we are not sure if they passed through any other towns on the way, but they do talk about how he had purchased his burial place years earlier, saying it was a field, who he bought it from and where that person was from.

The story lacks other details but it goes on to say that they buried Israel and then Joseph returned to Mitsraim with his brothers. I believe there is a mis-truth next week from the brothers who were starting to fear Joseph because they felt he may want to take vengeance on them for what they did so many years earlier. So, that is a sneak preview of what is coming next week.

Today's reading


When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named Abel-mizraim; it is beyond the Jordan. Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.



The story continues next with the brothers...

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