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Dream the Impossible Dream

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Dreams are a significant part of the lives of both Jacob and Joseph.

Jacob dreams of a ladder that is anchored in the ground and goes up to heaven while the angels rise and descend on it. He also dreams, in Laban’s house, of an angel who tells him to return to the land of Canaan.

While dreams appear at key moments in Jacob’s life, they are particularly dominant in the life of Joseph. They are the source of his travails and the catalyst for his success. Dreams propel his entire life forward, from beginning to middle to end.

As a young man, Joseph dreams of the stars and of the sheaves. These dreams create such enmity from his brothers that they seize him, cast him into a pit, and sell him into slavery in Egypt.

Once there, he interprets the dreams of the baker and of the wine steward, which have the eventual effect of freeing him from prison and bringing him to the attention of Pharaoh. The climax of this narrative of dreams is the double-dream of Pharaoh, which foretells what will happen in Egypt in the coming year and which catapults Joseph to a position of tremendous prestige and power.

In all these stories, dreams serve as........

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