As you read Genesis 37–41, pray that the Holy Ghost will help you see how the scriptural passages relate to your life. Record any insights you receive.
Genesis 37: Jacob loves and favors Joseph, who is hated by his brothers—Joseph dreams that his parents and brothers make obeisance to him—His brothers sell him into Egypt.
Genesis 38: Judah has three sons by a Canaanite woman—Er and Onan are slain by the Lord—Tamar, disguised as a harlot, bears twins by Judah.
Genesis 39: Joseph, prospered by the Lord, becomes ruler of Potiphar’s house—He resists the advances of Potiphar’s wife, is falsely accused, and is cast into prison—The keeper of the prison commits the prison’s affairs into Joseph’s hands.
Genesis 40: Joseph interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker—The butler fails to tell Pharaoh about Joseph.
Genesis 41: Pharaoh dreams of the cattle and the ears of grain—Joseph interprets the dreams as seven years of plenty and seven of famine—He proposes a grain storage program—Pharaoh makes him ruler of all Egypt—Joseph marries Asenath—He gathers grain as the sand upon the seashore—Asenath bears Manasseh and Ephraim—Joseph sells grain to Egyptians and others during the famine.
Resources on ChurchofJesusChrist.org
- Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Primary (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- “Jesus Is Our Loving Friend,” Children’s Songbook, 58.
- Chapter 12: Joseph
- Chapter 13: Joseph in Egypt
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 38: Genesis 35–37
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 39: Genesis 38–39
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 40: Genesis 40–43
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 7: Day 3, Genesis 33–37
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 7: Day 4, Genesis 38–39
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 8: Day 1, Genesis 40–41
- Old Testament Institute Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel: Genesis 37–50: Joseph: The Power of Preparation
Resources on Interpreter Foundation
- KnoWhy OTL11A — Why Are the Stories of Joseph and Judah Intertwined?, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, March 12, 2018
- Scripture Roundtable: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12, “Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”, Administration, March 8, 2014
- Scripture Roundtable: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11, “How Can I Do This Great Wickedness?”, Administration, February 24, 2014
- “Thou Art the Fruit of My Loins”: The Interrelated Symbolism and Meanings of the Names Joseph and Ephraim in Ancient Scripture,, Matthew L. Bowen and Loren Blake Spendlove, April 13, 2018
- The Title of Liberty and Ancient Prophecy, RoseAnn Benson, February 10, 2017
- “Their Anger Did Increase Against Me”: Nephi’s Autobiographical Permutation of a Biblical Wordplay on the Name Joseph, Matthew L. Bowen, November 30, 2016
- The Brass Plates Version of Genesis, Noel B. Reynolds, October 15, 2019
- Sorting Out the Sources in Scripture, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, April 4, 2014
- The Case for the Documentary Hypothesis, Historical Criticism, and the Latter-day Saints, Colby J. Townsend, April 4, 2014
Resources on Other Sites
- How Was Nephi Similar to Joseph of Egypt?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #416, March 15, 2018
- How Does the Book of Mormon Use an Ancient Storytelling Technique?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #414, March 8, 2018
- Why Did Moroni Quote the Patriarch Jacob about a Piece of Joseph’s Coat?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #154, July 29, 2016
- Joseph as a Type of Christ in Syriac Literature, Kristian S. Heal, BYU Studies, Vol. 41, no. 1
- Origin of the Welfare Plan of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Leonard J. Arrington, Wayne K. Hinton, BYU Studies, Vol. 5, no. 2
- The Story of Judah and Tamar, Ben Spackman, Religious Educator
- Why Bad Things Happen at All: A Search for Clarity among the Problems of Evil, John S. Welch, BYU Studies, Vol. 42, no. 2