Genesis 44: Joseph Tests His Brothers

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 38


Early in the story of Joseph and his brothers, it did not seem that the older brothers cared much about what happened to their younger brothers, nor did it seem like they worried much about the feelings of their father. As you read, notice how those feelings changed.

Understanding the Scriptures

Genesis 44

Divineth (v. 5)Makes predictions about the future 
Bondmen (v. 9)Servants 
Rent (v. 13)Tore 
Wot (v. 15)Know 
Divine (v. 15)Know what you are doing without anyone telling me 
Clear (v. 16)Make innocent 
Iniquity (v. 16)Sin 
Mischief befall him (v. 29) Bad things happen to him 
Bound up in (v. 30)Very closely tied to 
Surety (v. 32)Responsible 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Genesis 44.

Activity A iconHow Is This Story a Symbol?

President Brigham Young taught that “Joseph was foreordained to be the temporal saviour of his father’s house, and the seed of Joseph are ordained to be the spiritual and temporal saviours of all the house of Israel in the latter days” (in Journal of Discourses, 7:290). The Prophet Joseph Smith was a direct descendant of Joseph, son of Jacob; most members of the Church are of the lineage of either Ephraim or Manasseh, Joseph’s two sons. How are Joseph’s modern descendants (the Church) spiritually doing for the house of Israel what he temporally did for his family anciently?

Activity B iconHow Is Judah a Type of Christ?

Describe how Judah’s actions in Genesis 44:18–34 were like the future actions of his descendant Jesus Christ.

Judah Christ in Gethsemane