Wednesday, December 12, 2018

What do Joseph, Daniel, and Ahiqar have in common?

PROF. SUSAN NIDITCH: Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams — An Israelite Type-922 Folktale (
The story of Joseph in Pharaoh’s court (Genesis 41), like the story of Daniel in Nebuchadnezzar’s court (Daniel 2), is a Thompson Type 922 folktale in which an underdog gains his fortune by answering hard questions that elude his superiors. Paradoxically, viewing the story of Joseph through the lens of folklore studies allows us to appreciate the uniqueness of Israelite cultural religious orientation.
Aarne and Thomson wrote the book on folklore.

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