A friend of mine was dissed by his UCLA department because they said his (prolific) publications were not in the most serious refereed journals, and would only promote him to ‘Associate Professor.’ He served the public and students relentlessly; and instead of getting full professorship at UCLA, Washington D.C. hired him, he became nationally famous, and replicated what he started in L.A. to all 50 states and U.S. territories. He then got a Chair job at another university, and was much happier.

Joseph’s story is like Job (who suffered profound losses, but was rewarded with twice as much in the end). Jacob’s sons were jealous of Joseph because his father favored him, sold him to slavery in Egypt, and he spent many years falsely accused, in jail. It was “the pits.”

But Genesis 41:41 is easy to remember: “So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt,'” not just the delta or Nile corridor.

NASA Fayoum, Nile Delta, Suez, Aqaba I worked in both Minya and Fayoum, Egypt, the latter a heart-shaped basin still made green by the “Joseph Canal” (Bahr Yusef). Even the Egyptians still honor him with his name, 3-4000 years later.

Gen. 41:49 “Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” He named his sons Manasseh (‘forget’) and Ephraim (‘twice fruitful’), “because God made me forget all my trouble,” and “God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”