Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Climbing Joseph's Coat

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
-Genesis 37:3
Whatever translations may now say, whether Joseph's coat was long, or had sleeves, or was striped, we have the King James Version to thank for the translation rendering it a coat of many colors. It's alliterative, a phrase that flows off the tongue and triggers the imagination. Dolly Parton wrote a song; Webber and Rice produced a musical; and in 1964 Armstrong and Swim registered the hybridized climbing florabunda rose known as Joseph's Coat. The multi-colored rose begins as a tight pink bud, opens to gold petals rimmed with orange, and changes as it opens to a full-blown deep red.

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