Comments: Explaining Potiphar's Wife and Other Excitements

I love this story. It is one of my favorites. And you're right. The coat actually probably just had sleeves, unlike everyone elses. If you had sleeves it meant you didn't do the hard work. It was a position of honor. A rainbow colored coat? I guess it's more fun for the kids to tell it like that, like the picture of Noah in the ark with all these gentle animals smiling. That place was a smelly zoo!

Posted by jason berggren at August 31, 2006 04:12 AM

The traditional Jewish interpretation is Joseph was in captivity in Egypt for 22 years, to repay Jacob for the 22 years he did not contact his parents.

I'm not personally familiar with alternative explanations of the Coat of Many Colors, but there are traditionally 4 levels of explanation for each bible verse, including (As I recall) the simple explanation, homiletical, mystical, and one I think that translates as "hint" - things implied but not expressly stated. So I imagine there's plenty of discussion of the Coat in all those modes, I just haven't read any myself.

Posted by skinnydan at August 31, 2006 08:22 AM

He will certainly keep you on your toes. With all the intellectual curiosity he has, and his superior (and occassionally embarassing) language skills, he'll do well in any profession he choses.

Posted by Diane at August 31, 2006 10:52 AM

You can look at the coat as symbolic of Jacob putting his mantle (of approval, of being the favorite) on Joseph. As this story was handed down orally, I'm sure many storytellers would embellish on the coat's appearance.

As cute/handsome and outgoing as your son is, it won't be too long before girls start "throwing" themselves at him, especially the aggressive ones some folks are raising. Joseph's story is a good example to teach him about honor and respect, even when temptation is ready and willing.

Posted by MarcV at August 31, 2006 11:36 AM

Ah, the complications we encounter when we leave VeggieTales behind (It'll be a while before I have any post-preschoolers around, so I can relax for now). If you've seen "Little Joe", you know they sidestep that whole issue and say Joe got framed because Miss Kitty was piqued at being displaced as employee of the month. Of course, the ultimate in reframing adult subject matter was "King George and the Ducky", where David's "harem" is an armoire full of rubber duckies and his rival is restored to health after a bath.

If you're flummoxed by the Boy, just think what he must have been doing to those German hippies! ;)

Posted by Lenise at August 31, 2006 12:00 PM