My Precious Golden Cup?

Andrew McFarland Campbell

When I was about 8 years old, I used to listen to the 1974 recording of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as I went to sleep. As a result of that, and also because my family went to see the Bill Kenwright production every time it came to Belfast, and also because my P5 teacher loved the music and played it to us in class, I can still recall the lyrics almost perfectly—and I can list the twelve sons of Jacob as long as I can sing the song in my head.

In one dramatic point, Joseph hides a precious object amongst his brothers’ things and then claims that one of his brothers has stolen it from him.

Stop! You robbers—your little number’s up!
One of you has stolen my precious golden cup!

This evening I was reading Genesis 44, which is where this story is told in the Bible…

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