2. Was it correct for the brothers to ask for forgiveness "indirectly" (they said their father requested Joseph to forgive). Should we not, when asking forgiveness, take personal responsibility for the wrong doing?
No doubt, the brothers felt both guilty and vulnerable. As far as they knew, their betrayed brother now held the power of life and death over them.
Most of the time, we do not fear death at the hands of those we have offended!