Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, angered his brothers when he told them that in a dream he saw himself made ruler over them. They went to feed their flocks in Dothan, where Joseph found them. And when they saw him, they conspired against him and cast him into a pit. But Judah, seeing a caravan approaching, persuaded his brothers to sell him to the Ishmaelites, who took him down to Egypt. The brothers then returned to their father and showed him Joseph's coat, which they had dipped in blood. So Jacob was led to believe that his son was devoured by a wild beast. The Ishmaelites sold Joseph to Putiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's. Soon after, Putiphar's wife became enamored with Joseph and tempted him. But he resisted her approaches and fled, leaving his cloak in her grasp. Angered by his rebuff, she accused Joseph of a grave offense, showing his cloak which he had left behind. For this Joseph was cast into prison by Putiphar. It chanced that Pharaoh's chief butler was also in the dungeon...
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