Genesis - Peter Gabriel
Joseph introduces the Pharaoh to his family. The ruler insists his guests remain in Goshen and be put to work on his land. Pharaoh and Jacob connect. The country continued in famine. When the people are bankrupt, Joseph asks for their livestock in payment. Next, they offer their land for the Pharaoh. The people are grateful for the reprieve. Jacob is ready to pass, so he makes Joseph promise to take him home for burial.
Joseph takes sons Manasseh and Ephraim to see Jacob, who blesses them. The grandfather switches his hands when praying for the boys, mixing up their ages, then refuses to be corrected.
Jacob/Israel gathers his sons and explains the past and future to them, one at a time. He details each son’s strength and weakness, as well as promises for the future. Jacob passes after asking to be entombed at home in Canaan. Joseph completes his mourning and receives permission to go and bury his father, accompanied by the Pharaoh’s men. The brothers are worried what Dad’s death means for them and their sin against Joseph, but he promises to honor Jacob’s wishes by honoring them. Later, Joseph watches his line extend, then he dies. But, not before telling his brothers to carry him away from Egypt.
Exodus is next!
Joseph sets up for their trip back: he gives them food, their money back and a silver cup for Benjamin. They head out, not knowing that Joseph has set them up for theft. They vow innocence and accept punishment. When the cup is found with Benjamin, they mourn and return to Joseph. They beg for mercy, but he insists on keeping their younger brother. Judah recounts their earlier visit and asks to stay as slave in Benjamin’s place.
Joseph finally comes clean, scaring his brothers. He declares his forgiveness and reveals how things have changed in the land because of him. He sends them to retrieve his father and all his belongings to live provided for with Joseph. The boys celebrate, weeping together; Pharaoh demands to see the whole family so that he can set up a lavish life. They receive clothes, money and supplies to return to Canaan, Benjamin moreso. Jacob/Israel is overjoyed at the news and prepares to go and see his son.
On the way, Jacob sacrifices to God and receives His blessing for the trip, as well as a promise for safe return. Jacob’s entire line goes along: sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joseph and his father are reunited, and the son promises the father peace and comfort.
Jacob sends his sons to Egypt to buy grain, keeping young Benjamin home for protection. Governor Joseph recognizes his brothers, but conceals his own identity in order to gain information. When he (falsely) accuses them of spying, they tell him about Jacob and their family, including their deceased brother. He demands to see the youngest brother, then jails them for 3 days. They feel they are being punished because of what they did to Joseph; Reuben blames them all for their fate. Joseph, through and interpreter, hears their words and is saddened. He detains Simeon, then prepares them for the journey back home with grain, necessities and their returned money. They later find their money when they stop for rest and think it’s a punishment from God. They explain everything to their father and he feels he’ll lose another child, along with Joseph and Simeon. Reuben pledges the life of his own two sons for Benjamin’s, but Jacob balks.
Still in famine, they family eats up all their grain and Jacob requests a trip for more. They remind him they can’t go back without Benjamin, detailing the interrogation they received from Joseph. Judah then takes responsibility for his youngest brother; Jacob sends them with gifts of fruit, spices and nuts, as well as double the pay. Joseph greets them by preparing a dinner, but they’re still wary. They are reassured by Joseph’s steward and Simeon is returned. Joseph returns: they proffer their gifts and he asks about Jacob. At dinner, Benjamin is given extra food.
John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Genesis - In the Cage
X of Swords: Stasis #1 (2020)
written by Jonathan Hickman & Tini Howard
art by Pepe Larraz, Mahmud Asrar & Marte Gracia
Okay we all remember the beautiful post about everyone in Genesis cuddling Mike Rutherford, and here comes the sequel: the Master Post of All Genesis Cuddles!!
First of all, they look at each other with such tender and loving eyes it melts my heart:
Tony Banks performing with Genesis, New York, 1977
Photo by Michael Putland.
Ad*m and Eve were both bisexual. so…
Dancing with the moonlit knight
Flux Magazine #2. 1994.
Socket aka Time Dominator 1st (VIC Tokai - Genesis - 1993)