Sunday, August 24, 2014

234 Quiz Answer

In the book of Genesis, Jacob lived in the land of Canaan.  When Jacob’s son Joseph was seventeen years old, he took care of the sheep with his brothers.  Jacob loved Joseph more than he did any of his other sons, because Joseph was born after Jacob was very old. Jacob had given Joseph a fancy coat to show that he was his favorite son, and so Joseph’s brothers hated him and would not be friendly to him.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "G" is for "Genesis")

I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a well-known story from the Bible.  Which story?

“So it seems you didn’t really get along well with your family, especially not with your brothers.”

“Right; there was a lot of squabbling going on.”

“Evidently one of the reasons was, you had some new clothes - a special jacket, a very colorful coat - and the rest of the family was jealous.”

“Hey, man, I was a teenager, I had to have some special threads!  Naturally the other kids were jealous; they knew the old man liked me better than any of ‘em.”

“So somehow they managed to get you sent off to work.”

“In a way I was glad to get away from them – all the jealousy and backbiting and whatever.  I was hired by an export-import outfit.  I thought it’d be something to have a job and some money and be able to do my own things.”

“But I gather the job wasn’t all that great.”

“No, it was god-awful.  It was a kind of death, a lot of boring stuff dealing with accounting and bills of lading and ten-hour days – and the salary!  That was a shock.  It was so little it was as though they thought I was a slave.”

“What did you do – quit?”

“No, I just put the old brain to work and came up with a plan.  I would perform my job real good and the boss would soon see he had hired somebody special.  I could then move right on up in the export-import business.”

“How’d that work out?”

“Actually, great.   I moved up to head of the department and before too long I was made the boss’s right-hand man.  And I began making some real dough.”

“Sounds like a good situation.  But it seems something bad happened?”

“Right.  And the something bad that happened was the boss’s wife.  I realize I’m not the one who’s supposed to say it, but fact is, there was this good-looking young dude around the place and she began to get ideas.”

“Oh, that could be trouble.”

“And it was.  I wanted to have nothing to do with her; she was the boss’s wife, for God’s sake.  I didn’t want any entanglement, nothing that would get me fired.”

“So what happened?”

“She was sore because I wasn’t interested in any of her reindeer games so she set out to get me.  She was heartless, accused me of doing all kinds of stuff – none of it true – and she managed to get me tossed into the slammer.”

“Incredible.  Yet obviously you managed to get out. “

“Yeah.  I just had to put the old brain to work again.  But that’s pretty well been the story of my life, one humongous problem after another.”

(The answer will be posted Saturday.)

36 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

I assume this is Joseph, son of Jacob, sold off by his brothers, and endeing up in Egypt.

Berowne said...

Congrats to Roger Owen Green, who leads us off with the first right answer.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi Berowne,

Joseph and his brothers and his coat of many colours.

Best wishes ~ Eddie

Berowne said...

Eddie Bluelights has shown his blue lights on the correct answer.

Kathe W. said...

Joseph and his coat of many colors?

Berowne said...

Next with the right answer: Kathe W.

naturgesetz said...

Joseph and his brothers, and later Potiphar's wife.

Berowne said...

Naturgesetz has just checked in with the correct answer.

Magaly Guerrero said...

It sounds like the parable that tells tale of Joseph being sold by his brothers, methinks.

Truedessa said...

hmm..reminds me of the story of Joseph and his brothers..or Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat..

Berowne said...

The right answer has also been supplied by Truedessa and Magaly Guerrero.

Altonian said...

This must be the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery, but rose to become a powerful second i/c to the Pharoah.

Kutamun said...

"Untul you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate "- Carl Jung

Berowne said...

Congrats to Altonian for another of his correct answers.

Karen S. said...

From Genesis, and Joseph's special coat given to him from his father Jacob,which was the envy of his brothers!

Berowne said...

A right answer, this time from Karen S.

Hildred said...

Jacob and his coat of many colours and his sojourn in Egypt, etc. etc.

Hildred said...

Oh gosh, it just came to me that it was Jacob who had the ladder and Joseph who had the coat of many colours and the adventures in Egypt!!!

Reader Wil said...

Hi! This must be the story of Joseph
In the Book of Genesis it says that Joseph was the 11th of Jacob's 12 sons and Rachel's firstborn. His father loved him more than his other sons.

The Blog of Bee said...

Joseph and Potiphar's wife

Berowne said...

Hildred, Reader Wil and the Blog of Bee all have the correct answer.

ChrisJ said...

I do know the right answer too, Berowne. It is Joseph.

Sheilagh Lee said...

Joseph and his coat of many colours from Genesis.

Berowne said...

2 more right answers, from ChrisJ and Sheilagh Lee.

Stafford Ray said...

I guess the brothers were miffed when Joe's dad gave him the the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.
The story of the Coat of Many Colours came originally from Genesis, but got a makeover with Webber and Rice way back in the 1960's

oldegg said...

Joseph's story in the Bible is one of the best known so I am anticipating a tick here!

Berowne said...

Stafford Ray and old egg are next with the correct answer.

aldersgrove said...

Joseph (and the coat of many colors, etc.). ;-)

Berowne said...

Welcome, aldersgrove, new to our blog, for another right answer.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Joseph (and he amazing coat of many colors)♪ Nice rendition...http://lauriekazmierczak.com/go-right/

Berowne said...

Another correct answer, this time from Lmkazmierczak.

Jae Rose said...

Well Joseph had the coat of many colours....don't quite know my bible well enough to name the story

Berowne said...

Jae Rose has just stepped up with the right answer.

Tess Kincaid said...

The story of Joseph...

Berowne said...

A correct answer from Tess Kincaid.

Wayne said...

For a guy who knows very little about the bible....it must be Joseph....anyways I have been listening to "Historical Jesus" scholarly documentary....very interesting

 
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