Genesis 40:15
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15  For in truth, I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews; nor have I done anything here that they should have put me in the dungeon.”

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טו  כִּי־גֻנֹּב גֻּנַּבְתִּי מֵאֶרֶץ הָעִבְרִים וְגַם־פֹּה לֹא־עָשִׂיתִי מְאוּמָה כִּי־שָׂמוּ אֹתִי בַּבּוֹר׃

 40:15   I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch (1808-1888)

It is remarkable, notes Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, that at this early date, the Land of Israel was already known as the ‘Land of the Hebrews.’ While the Torah chronicles and elaborates on events in the lives of the Patriarchs and other monumental occur­rences that influence all of Jewish history, it provides little commentary on the surrounding nations’ reactions to these events. Through this reference, though, it becomes clear that the Hebrew people was emerging as a recognized entity, important enough for the land to be referenced as theirs.

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  • If 1 remembers that as early as Abraham, rulers stated that he and his people needed to leave, as they had become too numerous in # and might. Then , that remark about the land of the Hebrews, may not be any more significant than 1 might remark where any particular breed was located , whether 10 in # , or 400 thousand!

  • Joseph would have grown up with the knowledge that his father's land belonged to the Hebrews. Genealogies would have been passed down orally I guess, but the fact that the land was that of the Hebrews obviously well imprinted in his mind and spirit. There are other cultures where the land is of prime importance. Here in NZ land ownership is a huge thing for the Maori people, having had so much confiscated during the Maori/British wars. Wales is another example, perhaps it is that when one has to fight for one's land it becomes central to one's life, that sense of ownership! One will fight for whatever takes first place in one's life.

Genesis 40:15

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