Genesis 37:1-2 (NLT)
1 So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived as a foreigner. 2 This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.
TIME OF DAY:
Not specified in Bible text. I have made it mid afternoon.
Natural, sunlight, from above left.
From left to right, small figures in the middle distance: Simeon (red robes), Levi (pale grey robes), Issachar (purple robes), Reuben (blue robes, holding sheep upside down!), Judah (gold robes).
From left to right, large figures in foreground: Joseph, Jacob/Israel, a servant woman.
In this scene Joseph is telling his father what his half-brothers have been getting up to. Jacob/Israel looks doubtful, concerned, maybe a bit cross. There is a female servant behind Jacob/Israel.
Notice that Simeon and Levi are fighting and Reuben is holding a lamb upside down, which is my way of visually representing the brothers doing wrong!
I really enjoyed colouring up the desert wilderness landscape in this scene. Here’s the landscape without the figures.
Genesis 37 – Joseph’s Dreams – Scene 01 – Joseph reports his brothers – Landscape
I drew and inked in this drawing in September 2014, but have only just managed to complete the colouring up in September 2017! It goes like that sometimes, especially if I get a commission to complete which takes me away from other work!
37:1-2 HUMANITY, Childhood and Youth (2.43C)
Youthful dreams are a normal part of growing up, but some dreams may be sent by God as special revelations to the dreamer. When Joseph shared his dreams with his brothers, it caused resentment and bitterness in them, which was already present due to Jacob’s favouritism of Joseph.
37:2 HISTORY, Linear (3.31B)
Jacob is the climatic figure in patriarchal history, for he gave his name “Israel” to the nation that followed him. The account of Jacob shows the family-centred content of Israel’s early history.