Exodus 1:1-7 (ANIV)
1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy  in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.
Masoretic Text (see also Genesis 46:27); Dead Sea Scrolls & Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14) & note at Genesis 46:27 – below), seventy five.
Genesis 46:27 (ANIV)
27 With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible account. I have set the scene in the mid morning.
Simple sunlight from the right illuminates this scene.
Three un-named Egyptian people (in the foreground) looking at the abundant Hebrew people working fields in the land of Goshen, Egypt.
There are two versions of this scene:
01) (Previous page) Exodus 01 – Hebrews Oppressed – Scene 01 – Fruitful & numerous (Version 01). This is the original version, with bare chested Egyptian men.
02) (This page) Exodus 01 – Hebrews Oppressed – Scene 01 – Fruitful & numerous (Version 02). This is the newer, more modest version (specifically requested by a customer) which covers up the bare chested men in the scene.
This is the first scene in this series about the Hebrew oppression that preceded the Exodus out of Egypt. In this picture we can see many Hebrew people working fields in the land of Goshen, Egypt. Although this is the first scene in this series, it isn’t the first one I have designed & completed! One of the great things about Bible Cartoons is that I can produce them in any order I like, and they will still be displayed in order when it comes to showing them on the website! I finished “Exodus 01 – Hebrews oppressed – Scene 03 – Hard labour” in 2014, & have only just completed scene 01 – Fruitful & numerous in July 2016.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary states the following about Goshen:
“A district in Egypt where Jacob and his family settled, and in which they remained till the Exodus ( Genesis 45:10 ; 46:28 , 46:29 , 46:31 , etc.). It is called “the land of Goshen” ( Genesis 47:27 ), and also simply “Goshen” ( Genesis 46:28 ), and “the land of Rameses” ( Genesis 47:11 ; Exodus 12:37 ), for the towns Pithom and Rameses lay within its borders; also Zoan or Tanis ( Psalms 78:12 ). It lay on the east of the Nile, and apparently not far from the royal residence. It was “the best of the land” ( Genesis 47:6 , 47:11 ), but is now a desert. It is first mentioned in Joseph’s message to his father. It has been identified with the modern Wady Tumilat, lying between the eastern part of the Delta and the west border of Palestine. It was a pastoral district, where some of the king’s cattle were kept ( Genesis 47:6 ). The inhabitants were not exclusively Israelites ( Exodus 3:22 ; 11:2 ; 12:35 , 12:36 ).”
1:7-21 ELECTION, God’s Promise (4.11C)
God had promised Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph that their offspring would flourish and multiply. Despite the tyrannical plans and methods of Pharaoh, the Israelites multiplied, according to God’s promise.