The Joseph Paradox: A Radical Reading of Genesis 37-50

The Joseph Paradox: A Radical Reading of Genesis 37-50

by Hillel I. Millgram

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This book is a reader-friendly treatment of the Joseph story--one of the most popular tales in the Bible. Instead of the usual interpretation as an Horatio Alger success story, the text proposes that we are presented with a cautionary tale of high achievement and the pursuit of success. In the context of the larger biblical narrative, Joseph's short-term success leads to the enslavement of his descendants and the centuries-long derailment of the destiny of the Children of Israel. The self-limiting nature of the pursuit of power is just one of the themes illuminated in this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786489824
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Hillel I. Millgram, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, lives in Israel. He combines research and writing with teaching graduate courses in Bible.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Prologue: The Way of the Fathers 31

1. A Family Tragedy 41

2. Rehabilitation 54

3. The Slave 68

4. The Interpreter of Dreams 76

5. The Egyptian 88

6. Cat and Mouse 96

7. The Entrapment 108

8. The Unmasking 123

9. The Long Farewell 135

10. The Egyptian Trajectory 150

11. The Write-Off 158

12. Legacy 169

13. The Closing of Accounts 182

14. Conclusion 1: Between God and Man 197

15. Conclusion 2: Joseph’s Place in History 207

Appendix 1.: Who Sold Joseph into Egypt? 221

Appendix 2.: Can Judah and Tamar Be Fitted into the Joseph Narrative? 225

Appendix 3.: What Is a Poem Doing in the Joseph Story? 228

Glossary of Terms and Place Names 233

Who’s Who in the Joseph Story 239

Bibliography 243

Scriptural Index 247

General Index 249

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