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Joseph's Dreams from Genesis 37
Genesis 37 is an Old-Testament passage that contains the story of Joseph and his dreams. Joseph is an important figure in the Hebrew tradition. In this passage he is the favorite of his father Jacob, and dreams that he was chosen by God to rule over many people, including his brothers. His brothers sell him into slavery and he ends up in Egypt.Pair “Joseph’s Dreams from Genesis 37” with “The Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis” and ask students to compare to similar themes of the two texts. What motivates the characters of the Bible to betray their family and the Lord? How do the two texts comment on the nature of mankind?
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are a set of Biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, playing a central role in Christianity and Judaism.Pair “The Ten Commandments” with “The Story of Cain and Abel form Genesis 4” to provide additional information on the ethical expectations in the Bible and the religions of Christianity and Judaism. Ask students to compare Cain’s betrayal to the commandments outlined. Did Cain violate any commandments other than “You shall not murder” (Paragraph 8)?
Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth
- John Wilkes Booth
In his final diary entry, John Wilkes Booth justifies his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wonders at his fate.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “An Excerpt from the Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4” and ask students to discuss whether the comparison that Booth draws between himself and Abel is appropriate. What does background on Cain’s story reveal about Booth?