"They Shall Be Scattered Again": Some Notes on JST Genesis 50:24–25, 33–35

Title

"They Shall Be Scattered Again": Some Notes on JST Genesis 50:24–25, 33–35

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2023

Authors

Pagination

107–128

Volume

57

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Bibliographic Citation

Bowen, Matthew L. ""They Shall Be Scattered Again": Some Notes on JST Genesis 50:24–25, 33–35", Vol. 57. 2023:107–128.

Abstract

This article examines the extension of the etiological wordplay on the name Joseph (in terms of the Hebrew verbs ā sap and yāsap), recurrent in the canonical text of Genesis, into the JST Genesis 50 text, where Joseph learns about and prophesies of a future “Joseph” who would help gather Israel after they had been “scattered again” by the Lord. This article also analyzes the pairing of the prophetic and seeric roles of Moses and the latter-day “Joseph” at the beginning and ending of JST Genesis and explores the significance of this framing. The importance of Moses and Joseph Smith writing the word of the Lord in order to fulfill their prophetic responsibility to “gather” Israel emerges.

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