Bay 41 (Joseph the Patriarch)

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Panel 24 - The finding of Joseph's silver cup in Benjamin's bag (right hand panel of pair)

 © Stuart Whatling, 2008

Genesis 44 tells how Joseph, to test his brothers further, orders his steward to put the purchase price for their grain back into the mouths of their sacks before their departure - but also to hide his precious silver cup in the sack of his youngest brother, Benjamin. After the brothers left, he then sent men after them to search their baggage. Here we see the moment in Gen.44:12 - one of Joseph's men has found the cup and holds it up in an accusatory fashion, while the unfortunate Benjamin pleads his innocence, witnessed by two other brothers and Joseph's steward in the left half of the scene (panel 23).