” Thus Pharaoh set Joseph over all the land of Egypt.
And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.
Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war befall us, they join our enemies and fight against us.”Here the story becomes more familiar.
By making family out of strangers, national myths grease the wheels of cooperation in pursuit of national objectives and they foster in-group morality.
So we can gain insight into contemporary cultures by examining their retained myths, especially ancient whole-cloth myths.