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Joseph interprets the baker’s dream

Posted in Bible, Religion on Monday, 31 January 2011

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When the Pharaoh is offended by his servants he punishes them, and on one occasion both his butler and his baker are confined at the same time in the house belonging to the captain of the guard, responsible for the prison where Joseph is being held. He gives Joseph the task of looking after them, and during this time each is troubled by disturbing dreams. When he sees them both so disturbed, Joseph asks them to recount their dreams, and each is interpreted by Joseph according to its symbols and true meaning.

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The baker’s dream, by Clive Uptton

The butler’s dream augurs well, which encourages the baker to tell his, but Joseph’s interpretation of the latter’s dream is fateful and unwelcome. The three baskets of food for the Pharaoh on his head, and the birds eating from them, signify his imminent demise – his head will be lifted, but his body will be hung up for the birds. And the butler was given his job back, but the baker was hanged.

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