Bible Cartoon: Genesis 37 - Joseph sold into slavery - Scene 04 - Joseph sold to Ishmaelites

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Bible Book: Genesis
Bible Book Code: 0103702803
Scene no: 4 of 7

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Genesis 37:28 (NLT)
So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver [1]. And the traders took him to Egypt.

[1]
Hebrew, 20 shekels, about 8 ounces or 228 grammes in weight.

DRAWING NOTES:

TIME OF DAY:
Indeterminate from scripture, I have set the scene at late morning.

LIGHTING NOTES:
The sun (unseen, high above & left) illuminates this scene, casting shadows to the right & below figures & objects.

CHARACTERS PRESENT:
From left to right: 2 Ishmaelites, with camels. Judah, Simeon, Joseph (with hands tied by a rope), Levi.
In the foreground are Asher (just his turban head), Naphtali, Dan & Zebulun.

RESEARCH/ADDITIONAL NOTES:
There are three versions of this scene:
01) (Previous page) Genesis 37 – Joseph sold into slavery – Scene 04 – Joseph Sold.

02) (Previous page) Genesis 37 – Joseph sold into slavery – Scene 04 – Joseph Sold (no skull). The only difference between these two versions is the inclusion of a human skull in the first one. I thought I’d remove it for viewers/customers wanting to use this scene for children’s work.

03) (This page) Genesis 37 – Joseph sold into slavery – Scene 04 – Joseph sold to Ishmaelites. This scene is set in Dothan (an area of good pastureland) rather than a sandy desert (like the previous 2 versions).

The colours used in each of the brother’s clothes was previously decided upon when I drew the scene “Genesis 37 – Joseph’s Dreams – Scene 02 – The coat of many colours”

Here is this scene without the figures in the foreground. Notice the wooden panel with rope handles is now placed over the hole that leads down into the water cistern.
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Map of Sinai showing Joseph's route into slavery from Israel to Egypt Map of Sinai Paninsula showing Joseph’s route into slavery from Israel to Egypt


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Links to articles
Click here to read the article which describes how I designed the 12 tribal banners.

Encyclopaedia article: Jacob’s sons – Who’s who?! – Clothing notes
This article describes how I designed the clothing of the 12 sons of Jacob.

Blog Article: Jaco’s sons – who’s who?
This Blog article describing the 12 sons of Jacob as it first appeared in the BC blog.

Encyclopaedia article: Hebrew camp marching order This Encyclopaedia article describes how the 12 tribes were arranged around the camp and in what order they set off from the camp.