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Dream Interpreter

Dream Interpreter - 1 How has the role of the prophet...

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1 How has the role of the prophet changed? How is the prophet received? How is the prophecy received? How is the prophecy fulfilled? The Role of the Prophet/ Dream Interpreter Throughout time, the role of the prophet and dream interpreter has been riddled with duality. As much as there is good to be found associated with the art form of prophecy, just as much bad has come of it. Through the revelation of their destinies, people have tried either to avoid them or to face them bravely, with either action resulting in the sealing of their fates. While the prophecy itself either may be described as disquieting or comforting, the prophet has always been one who has been received in a diverse manner of ways. Whether he is revered and feared or disrespected and ignored, the prophet is still, nonetheless, powerful. In the book of Genesis, Joseph’s role of dream interpreter seems to be both a blessing and a curse. Joseph is the youngest of twelve sons. Part of his “problem” is that not only is he favoured by his father, Jacob, but also by God, a blessing revealed when he tells his dreams to both his brothers and his father. At the revelation of their fates, Jacob and his sons react differently. 5 Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words. 9 He had another dream, and told it to his brothers, saying, “Look, I have had another dream: the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked
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2 him, “What kind of dream is this that you have had? Shall we indeed come, I and your mother and your brothers, and bow to the ground before you?” 11 So his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind. (Genesis 37:5-11) Joseph’s role is an interesting one as he goes from needing his dreams interpreted for him to being a successful dream interpreter himself with nearly no documented experience. Joseph is also interesting because, of all our interpreters and prophets, he is neither Divine nor of Divine lineage, nor is he like the blind sage Tiresias, with his foresight being rewarded to him as compensation for his loss of physical sight. At the revelation of Joseph’s destiny, his brothers are enraged, fearful and jealous. The brothers’ reaction is important for two reasons. The first allows for Joseph’s ultimate uplifting. Because his brothers sell him into slavery, Joseph is on his way to fulfilling his destiny. It is through his brothers’ reaction and by God’s blessing to be a skilled dream interpreter that Joseph comes into success. Secondly,
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