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Joseph: Portraits through the Ages
Levenson, Alan T.

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016 pp. xiii + 283. $32.95

Description: The complex and dramatic story of Joseph is the most sustained narrative in Genesis. Many call it a literary masterpiece and a story of great depth that can be read on many levels. In a lucid and engaging style, Alan T. Levenson brings the voices of Philo, Josephus, Midrash, and medieval commentators, as well as a wide range of modern scholars, into dialogue about this complex biblical figure.Levenson explores such questions as: Why did Josephís brothers hate him so? What is achieved by Josephís ups and downs on the path to extraordinary success? Why didnít Joseph tell his father he was alive and ruling Egypt? What was Joseph like as a husband and father? Was Joseph just or cruel in testing his brothersí characters? Levenson deftly shows how an unbroken chain of interpretive traditions, mainly literary but also artistic, have added to the depth of this fascinating and unique character.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism

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Review by John R. Huddlestun
Published 6/7/2018
Citation: John R. Huddlestun, review of Alan T. Levenson, Joseph: Portraits through the Ages, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

Review by Corinne E. Blackmer
Published 9/9/2020
Citation: Corinne E. Blackmer, review of Alan T. Levenson, Joseph: Portraits through the Ages, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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