Genesis 37 50: historical background of torah, torah or pentateuch (means five books", the general concensus is that moses wrote all five books between the. Joshua (15th 14th century bce: two different views on the creation of the torah; traditional, and. J" source (god is referred to as yahvist" or jahwist") E" source (god is referred to as elohist") D" source (deuteronomist: characters and summary of genesis 37-50. Joseph main character, favourite son of jacob, and rachel. Judah was his idea to sell joseph into slavery. Simeon is held captive in egypt by joseph. Ishmaelites bought joseph for 20 pieces of silver and took him to egypt. Potiphar courtier of the pharaoh, buys joseph from the ishmaelites. Chief jailer in charge of the pharaoh"s jail, befriends joseph. Cupbearer his dreams are interpreted by joseph in jail, he later tells the. Baker - his dreams are interpreted by joseph in jail, he is later executed.