History Literature / BookOfGenesis

21st Mar '17 12:07:28 PM Random888
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Nobody can agree on where the Garden of Eden is supposed to have been located except "somewhere in the Middle East", as two of the rivers named as its borders have no modern equivalent.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Nobody can agree on where the Garden of Eden is supposed to have been located except "somewhere in the Middle East", East"[[note]]Unless you're a Mormon, in which case you believe it was located in Jackson County, Missouri.[[/note]], as two of the rivers named as its borders have no modern equivalent.
21st Mar '17 11:58:15 AM Random888
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* TheyCalledMeMad: Averted. Unlike in [[LostInImitation every adaptation]], there is no mention of townspeople mocking Noah for building a boat in the middle of a desert nor a scene where said taunters are swept away by the flood.
18th Feb '17 3:34:02 AM aishwarya
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* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: Joseph. While there were probably many people for whom the translator proved indispensable, one case where he wasn't needed at all was when Joseph's own brothers showed up. He used the service anyway, as a means of hiding his identity.

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* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: Joseph.The translator in Joseph's story. While there were probably many people for whom the translator proved indispensable, one case where he wasn't needed at all was when Joseph's own brothers showed up. He used the service anyway, as a means of hiding his identity.



** Also {{defied}} when Esau decides to forgive Jacob instead of seeking revenge for having stolen his blessings.
** Again {{defied}} one generation later, when Joseph understands that his brothers have come a long way since they sold him to slavery and decides to reconcile with them instead of punishing them.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Jacob thinks his sons' reaction to the rape of Dinah is this. See CircumcisionAngst (above) and RapeAndRevenge (below).

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Several, with some notable examples being:
** Noah curses his son, Ham, for failing to avert his eyes when Noah was drunk and naked.
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Jacob thinks his sons' reaction to the rape of Dinah is this. See CircumcisionAngst (above) and RapeAndRevenge (below).
** Young Joseph may have been a [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling bratty brother]], what with his habit of telling tales against his older brothers and announcing his dreams of superiority, but trying to murder him and selling him off in response? That's a bit too far.



* ManlyTears: Joseph is mentioned to cry several times when he reunites with his brothers. In the last instance, he cried so loudly that even the guards can hear him from outside. However, the narrative does not portray these events as somehow reducing his manliness or his character in general.

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* ManlyTears: Joseph is mentioned to cry be crying at several times when he reunites with points during the XanatosGambit involving his brothers. In the last instance, When he cried reveals his identity to them, he cries so loudly hard that even the guards outside can hear him from outside. and report the incident to the Pharaoh. However, the narrative does not portray these events as somehow reducing weakness on his manliness or his character in general.part.



** Jacob also favours Benjamin to the point that he is willing to let another son, Simeon, rot in an Egyptian prison and let the rest of the clan starve to avoid having to part with Benjamin.



** Benjamin becomes one for Jacob after Joseph's disappearance.



* XanatosGambit: Joseph plays one when he demands that the brothers give up Benjamin to be his slave and themselves return to Canaan safely. That way, he ensures that either he gets to keep Benjamin with him (if his brothers treat Benjamin like a dispensable family member, as they treated Joseph years ago), or his brothers show a sufficient CharacterArc by refusing to leave Benjamin in Egypt, in which case he reconciles with ''all'' of them and brings his entire clan over to Egypt. Luckily for the Israelites, the latter plan eventuates.

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* XanatosGambit: Carried out by Joseph plays one when he demands that the brothers give up Benjamin to be his slave and themselves return to Canaan safely. That way, he ensures that either he gets to keep Benjamin with him (if his brothers treat Benjamin like a dispensable family member, as they treated Joseph years ago), or his brothers show a sufficient CharacterArc by refusing to leave Benjamin in Egypt, in which case he reconciles with ''all'' of them and brings his entire clan over to Egypt. Luckily for the Israelites, the latter plan eventuates.
7th Feb '17 1:56:00 AM dogman15
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** It rained for 40 days. Noah, his family, and the animals were on the Ark for a little over a year.
31st Jan '17 12:57:37 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Joseph invites his brothers into his palace for a meal, they're afraid he will attack them, seize them as slaves, and...take their donkeys?

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Joseph invites his brothers into his palace for a meal, they're afraid he will attack them, seize them as slaves, and... take their donkeys?



* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Well, couple. Adam and Eve are naked when they're first created, but they have no concept of "naked," and are unashamed. It's only after they eat the fruit that they become aware of their nudity, and start to feel...well, naked.

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* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Well, couple. Adam and Eve are naked when they're first created, but they have no concept of "naked," and are unashamed. It's only after they eat the fruit that they become aware of their nudity, and start to feel... well, naked.



* LawOfInverseFertility: Sarah is infertile for most of her adult life, while her maidservant gets pregnant by sleeping with Abraham ''once''. Rebekah ''does'' eventually conceive, but not without divine intervention...and it almost kills her. [[HollywoodHomely Leah]] pumps out six sons and a daughter, while her sister [[TheBeautifulElite Rachel]] struggles to conceive, only [[DeathByChildbirth to be killed]] by the second time.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: Sarah is infertile for most of her adult life, while her maidservant gets pregnant by sleeping with Abraham ''once''. Rebekah ''does'' eventually conceive, but not without divine intervention... and it almost kills her. [[HollywoodHomely Leah]] pumps out six sons and a daughter, while her sister [[TheBeautifulElite Rachel]] struggles to conceive, only [[DeathByChildbirth to be killed]] by the second time.
5th Jan '17 7:55:08 AM Adept
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* CatchPhrase: "What is this deed that you have done?" is commonly used to mean "WhatTheHellHero" or "YouMonster".



* CurseOfBabel / TowerOfBabel: The TropeMaker for both.
* CycleOfRevenge: What the mark of Cain was supposed to prevent.

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* %%* CurseOfBabel / TowerOfBabel: The TropeMaker for both.
* CycleOfRevenge: What the Defied. After Cain kills Abel, he fears that others would come and kill him to avenge Abel, which would likely begin a cycle of murders. However, God put a mark of Cain was supposed on him to prevent.prevent anyone from murdering Cain.



* TheDrunkenSailor: Noah might qualify as the UrExample. First he sails the Ark, then after the flood, he proceeds to plant a vineyard and get dead drunk.



** Abel's self-righteousness.



* FlamingSword / EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The flaming, whirling (in some translations) sword that was placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden to prevent Adam and Eve from getting back in.

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* FlamingSword / EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: FlamingSword: The flaming, whirling (in some translations) sword that was placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden to prevent Adam and Eve from getting back in.



** [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale Lot and his daughters]].

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** [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale [[ParentalIncest Lot and his daughters]].



* LastMinuteBabyNaming: Happens a lot, most memorably with Jacob's sons.

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* %%* LastMinuteBabyNaming: Happens a lot, most memorably with Jacob's sons.



* ManlyTears: Joseph in particular is prone to this.

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* ManlyTears: Joseph is mentioned to cry several times when he reunites with his brothers. In the last instance, he cried so loudly that even the guards can hear him from outside. However, the narrative does not portray these events as somehow reducing his manliness or his character in particular is prone to this.general.



** Cain murdered Abel because God accepted the latter's offering and rejected the former's.
** The conflict between Esau and Jacob stems from the fact that Isaac favoured Esau and planned to cheat Jacob of his inheritance (Jacob had at this point bought Esau's birthright, and even though his methods were unscrupulous, the first-born right should now belong to Jacob and not Esau), while Rebeccah favoured Jacob and conspired to trick the visually impaired Isaac to give the blessing to Jacob-disguised-as-Esau.
** Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery because Jacob obviously treat him better than the rest of his sons.



* {{Polyamory}}: Almost every man from Abraham's time and onwards, except for Isaac and Joseph.

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* {{Polyamory}}: Almost every man from Abraham's time Several named characters are said to have more than one wives.
** Cain's descendant Lamech is the first recorded polygamy, having two wives -- Adah
and onwards, except for Isaac Zillah.
** Abraham is legally married to Sarah, but also have 2 named concubines, Hagar
and Joseph. Keturah.
** Jacob has two wives (Leah and Rachel) and two concubines (Bilhah and Zilpah).



* RapeAndRevenge:
** Jacob's daughter is raped by a Canaanite prince, and two brothers of hers [[KnightTemplar destroy every man in the prince's village]] for it. (Jacob was not impressed.)
* RevengeBeforeReason: Cain was marked to prevent this. Later one of his descendants killed again, showing the mark thing didn't work.
** Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi did this to an entire clan.

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* RapeAndRevenge:
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RapeAndRevenge: Jacob's daughter is raped by a Canaanite prince, and two brothers of hers [[KnightTemplar destroy every man in the prince's village]] for it. (Jacob was not impressed.)
* RevengeBeforeReason: RevengeBeforeReason:
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Cain was marked to prevent this. Later one of anyone from murdering him in revenge for his descendants killed again, showing the mark thing didn't work.
murder of Abel.
** Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi did this to killed an entire clan.clan in order to avenge the rape of their younger sister. This costs them their right to claim the first-born inheritance after Reuben forfeited his, and Jacob's greatest blessing goes to the fourth son Judah.



* RunningGag: Gad's name.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Joseph's dreams that he will rule over his brothers.

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* %%* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Joseph's dreams that he will rule over his brothers.



* SoiledCityOnAHill: The world before TheGreatFlood, and Sodom and Gomorrah.

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* %%* SoiledCityOnAHill: The world before TheGreatFlood, and Sodom and Gomorrah.



* SupportingHarem: Jacob's family, with Rachel as the lead, and Leah and the two concubines as the supporters.
* TakenForGranite: Lot's wife, with salt.
* TheTrickster: Abraham and all his descendants.

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* SupportingHarem: Jacob's family, with Rachel as the lead, and Leah and the two concubines as the supporters.
* TakenForGranite: Lot's wife, with salt.
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wife turned into a pillar of salt when she turned back to look at the burning Sodom.
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TheTrickster: Abraham and all his descendants.



* {{Yandere}}: Potphar's wife to Joseph.
* YoungestChildWins: A recurring theme.

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* %%* {{Yandere}}: Potphar's wife to Joseph.
* %%* YoungestChildWins: A recurring theme.
4th Dec '16 7:35:42 PM Tuckerscreator
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* FakePeriodExcuse: OlderThanFeudalism. When Jacob and his wives flee Laban's home, Rachel steals her father's idols just before she and her husband's caravan leave. When her father catches up to Jacob and accuses him of stealing, Jacob lets him search his entire property, saying (not knowing who did it) that anyone who stole the idols will be put to death. Rachel keeps her father from finding them by sitting on top of the saddle where she hid them, while claiming she's on her period and thereby making anything she touches unclean. As a result, he never finds them.

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* FakePeriodExcuse: OlderThanFeudalism. When Jacob and his wives flee Laban's home, Rachel steals her father's idols just before she and her husband's caravan leave. When her father catches up to Jacob and accuses him of stealing, Jacob lets him search his entire property, saying (not knowing who did it) that anyone who stole the idols will be put to death. Rachel keeps her father from finding them by sitting on top of the saddle where she hid them, while claiming she's on her period and thereby making anything she touches unclean. As a result, he never finds them.
4th Dec '16 7:35:28 PM Tuckerscreator
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* FakePeriodExcuse: OlderThanFeudalism. When Jacob and his wives flee Laban's home, Rachel steals her father's idols just before she and her husband's caravan leave. When her father catches up to Jacob and accuses him of stealing, Jacob lets him search his entire property, saying (not knowing who did it) that anyone who stole the idols will be put to death. Rachel keeps her father from finding them by sitting on top of the saddle where she hid them, while claiming she's on her period and thereby making anything she touches unclean. As a result, he never finds them.
13th Nov '16 10:31:35 AM DustSnitch
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* PersonOfMassConstruction: {{God}} is an exaggerated example of this. He created light, the heavens, the stars, the lands, the animals, and humanity all in only ''six days''.
7th Oct '16 12:47:21 PM MsChibi
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* SexEqualsLove: The phrase about why a man is expected to leave his parents and [[UnusualEuphemsim "cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."]] Incidentally, it's one of the very few times in the entire Bible that this trope is played straight.

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* SexEqualsLove: The phrase about why a man is expected to leave his parents and [[UnusualEuphemsim [[UnusualEuphemism "cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."]] Incidentally, it's one of the very few times in the entire Bible that this trope is played straight.
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