Genesis 47:31

Hebrew Bible

29 The time for Israel to die approached, so he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” Joseph said, “I will do as you say.” 31 Jacob said, “Swear to me that you will do so.” So Joseph gave him his word. Then Israel bowed down at the head of his bed.

1 Kings 1:47

Hebrew Bible

45 Then Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed him king in Gihon. They went up from there rejoicing, and the city is in an uproar. That is the sound you hear. 46 Furthermore, Solomon has assumed the royal throne. 47 The king’s servants have even come to congratulate our master King David, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon more famous than you and make him an even greater king than you!’ Then the king bowed at the bed 48 and said this: ‘The Lord God of Israel is worthy of praise because today he has placed a successor on my throne and allowed me to see it.’”

 Notes and References

"... Another body of evidence is the presence of numerous cases of repeated prose images. A scene that is pictured in one story recurs in another part of the collection, along with some recurring word or phrase to confirm that the parallel pictures are related ... Both the deathbed scene of Jacob in Genesis and the deathbed scene of David in the Court History picture the father bowing on his bed to his own son (Genesis 47:31; 1 Kings 1:47). The J story of Shechem (Genesis 34:24) and the Joshua story of the Israelites’ arrival in the land (Joshua 5:8) both depict cases of men sitting and healing after circumcision; and both refer to the absence of circumcision as “a disgrace” (Genesis 34:14; Joshua 5:9). There are two scenes in which women enable men to escape when they are being sought by a king’s guards - a prostitute, Rahab, thus saves two spies whom Joshua sends into Jericho; and David’s wife Michal thus saves him from King Saul in the Court History—and both women are pictured as saving the men in the same manner and in the same wording: “And she let them down by a rope through the window” (Joshua 2:15; 1 Samuel 19:12) ..."

Friedman, Richard Elliott The Hidden Book in the Bible (p. 29) Harper San Francisco, 1998

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