Image in public domain How would you explain this to a friend? Vocation The call of all Christians: to know and love God to share the divine message of salvation with others to enjoy the eternal happiness of Heaven
Joseph experiences God through dreams. God communicates the future for the cupbearer and baker as well as for all of Egypt. Joseph is called through the interpretation of the dreams to lead Egypt as the pharaoh’s assistant. Genesis, chapters 40 and 41 Image in public domain
Exodus, chapter 3 God offers a theophany (“manifestation of God that is tangible to human senses”) through a burning bush. God communicates that he has heard the cry of the Hebrew slaves and introduces himself as “I am who am.” God calls Moses to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews.
Genesis 12:1–9 What is the land of Abram’s kinfolk? Ur (mentioned later in the story) Why does the reading contain both regular text and poetic- type text? The regular text narrates the story, and the poetic text is God’s speech. This might be an attempt to set God’s speech apart from, and above, human action. Image in public domain
A prayer of intention or a plea that calls on the power and compassion of God: to bestow a grace to empower a healing to affect an event through God’s intervention punishment and condemnation by God shaming device condemnation against injustice and crime prophetic warning priestly teaching against idolatry warning to obey a conqueror’s orders *Definitions adapted from the Saint Mary’s Press ® Essential Bible Dictionary (pp. 28 and 40). BlessingCurse Genesis 12:1–9 (cont.) What were the more specific meanings of Blessings and Curses?
Who are the “persons they had acquired in Haran”? -NAB footnote: “slaves and retainers that formed the social aggregate under the leadership of Abraham.” Who are the Canaanites? -They are the inhabitants of the land to which God directed Abraham to make his home, originally called Canaan. Canaan is the Promised Land and is also called Palestine. -In the Bible, they were called idolaters because of their worship of Baal and Asherah. -Through a series of occupations and wars, the Israelites eventually took over most of Canaan. Genesis 12:1–9 (cont.)