The Hebrew text -- ועשה לו כתנת פסים -- is from Genesis 37:3: "Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons . . . and he made him a colorful tunic:" As a young man, Joseph dreamt that the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed to him. He described the dream to his father and his eleven brothers. The brothers were enraged and plotted to kill him but they relented and sold him into slavery instead. The sun and moon and brothers are depicted in this painting behind the dominant figure of Joseph. The original oil on canvas (36 x 54 inches) is in the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, Memphis. See insert for detail.
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