Now what do you do?
Judah and Joseph – Judah was not the oldest of Jacob’s twelve sons, but his personal charisma allowed him to take on the leadership role. We first see this in Genesis 37. The ten oldest brothers are jealous of Joseph, their father’s favorite, and trap him in a well. Judah suggests selling him to some passing merchants. The others agree, and Joseph is shipped off as a slave to Egypt. Jacob is heartbroken over the supposed death of his son, and begins to cling closer to Joseph‘s younger brother, Benjamin. The other brothers, meanwhile, blame Judah for convincing them to sell Joseph in the first place, and over the years Judah grows repentant. The situation finally comes to a head when the eleven remaining brothers go to buy food in Egypt. Benjamin is falsely accused of stealing a goblet from the Egyptian vizier, who insists on keeping the young man as a slave as punishment. Judah sees the parallels between what he did to Joseph and asks the vizier to take him as a slave instead. It is only at this point the vizier reveals himself to be Joseph, testing to see if his brothers felt sorry for their earlier actions.