The book of Genesis begins with the creation of the earth and all the living things upon it. It continues on The story of Joseph and his family, which spans nearly fourteen full chapters, is well crafted and highly detailed. “Unique, too, is the somewhat secular mold in which the [Joseph’s] biography is cast. The miraculous or supernatural is conspicuously absent” (Sarna 211). The story is embodies the very best parts of literature. And, in fact, is not overtly theological.
Survey of the Three Chapters:
In chapter thirty-nine of Genesis, Joseph was taken, by a group of Ishmaelites, to Egypt to be sold as a slave. He was bought by a guard captain named Potiphar. Potiphar saw that Joseph was blessed, so he made him the head servant of the house. Potiphar had a wife who was very attracted to Joseph. She frequently asked him to lie with her. Joseph refused. It would have been a betrayal of his master, but more importantly a sin against God.
Still, she continued to try to seduce him, day after day. Eventually Joseph found himself alone in the house with Potiphar’s wife. She grabbed him by his clothing and asked him, again, to lie with her. Joseph fled, leaving behind the garment she had hold of. She then called out to the men who worked in her home and claimed that Joseph tried to seduce her, but that she had screamed and he had ran, leaving behind his clothing.
When her husband arrived home, she repeated the lie she had told the servants. So Potiphar sent Joseph away to the prison where the king sent his prisoners. God showed Joseph mercy, and made the prison guard show favor to Joseph. The guard put Joseph in charge of the other prisoners.
In chapter forty, both the butler and baker of the k...
... middle of paper ...
... the man. He worked hard for his master and took pride in his work, even though he was forced to be there. He also refused to betray his master, regardless of temptation. In the subsequent chapters he did his best to help people with is gift; while always giving credit to God. Joseph is n outstanding protagonist.
During the week after I first saw “Joseph”, I picked my tattered King James Version from the shelf, and read Genesis in its entirety. I did not experience any profound biblical revelations, nor did I feel drawn toward God. However, I did find myself appreciating the book, itself, much more. I strive to be a compassionate person, one who respects the personal and religious freedoms of others. Understanding the Bible better, makes me more equipped to do so. In a lot of ways, the people around me have Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to thank for that.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- CONTEXT Begin with examples of verses taken out of context • Job 22:21–26 – nice words but in context of blasting Job • Matt 4:9 – Satan’s offer to Jesus Literary Context (adapted from McCune) “The words, sentences, paragraphs, or chapters that surround and related to a text” (Doriani p. 31) McCune: “The biblical authors wrote with an argument in view. Thought in general is usually expressed in a series of ideas or a flow of connected ideas. (Proverbs is probably the most difficult in this regard.... [tags: Bible, New Testament, Books of Samuel, David]
1624 words (4.6 pages)
- Should the Bible face Reconstruction. The bible is a book of Christian scriptures with an Old and New Testament. Being a religious book used as a guide for many Christian denominations, you would think the book would have precise instructions on do’s and don’ts to get into heaven. However, this is not the case. The point of this essay is not to berate Christianity especially since I am a Christian myself. The point is to berate the quality of the Holy Book that is, to put frankly, poorly written.... [tags: Bible, Christianity, Religious text, Torah]
1687 words (4.8 pages)
- The Bible is the most significant book in the history of civilization. In the context of Jewish history, the Bible’s impact on politics, history, and religion is without comparison. Along with establishing the covenant-based legitimacy of the Jewish people and their history, the Bible’s political impact is exemplified through prophetic politics, the power of kings, and the effects of political authority. Biblical archeology has discovered biblical structures which supports the historical validity of the Bible.... [tags: Religion Bible]
1928 words (5.5 pages)
- To get an A in Intro to New Testament, we cannot simply read bible stories and memorize bible verses. It is also a requirement that we read about and discuss the different ways people have interpreted the Bible, and, furthermore, add our own inputs on how we believe the Bible should be interpreted. Origen of Alexandria, for instance, believes the Bible cannot be completely understood because it is “divine,” as it was written by God (Origen 53). Even the help of the Holy Spirit cannot make clear every part of the Bible because “there are mysteries here which our mind cannot fathom” (56).... [tags: Jesus, Christianity, Bible, God]
1191 words (3.4 pages)
- Rather than reading the bible’s text in a historical approach, it helps to view the authors through a lens of literature with applications to historical context, the ideas and narratives are concepts and themes that relate to followers today just as much as they did in the past. Many of the narratives in both the Old and New Testament use historical references as starting points for their stories but include discrepancies allowing for interpretation, which make it more applicable to followers today.... [tags: Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, Tanakh]
1368 words (3.9 pages)
- When I think of sex in the context of the Hebrew Bible, I immediately reflect on how I was first taught about sex. Sex was synonymous with sin, especially premarital sex which was an abhorable. Further I also consider how sex within the institution of marriage is not sin, which implies sex as the act is not inherently immoral, but rather an act, which as the Hebrew Bible suggests, should be reserved for marriage. Husband and wife are permitted to have sex whenever they please as their privilege and duty.... [tags: Marriage, Sexual intercourse, Human sexuality]
1153 words (3.3 pages)
- Introduction India is a pluralistic country with religion, cultures, languages, and so on. And one of the fundamental rights in the India constitution is the freedom of religion. In that scriptures are the main sources in proclamation of any religion. The researcher attempt to write on the uniqueness of Bible in the multi scriptural context. 1. The Origin of the Scripture “The word Bible is derived from the Greek word Biblios which was the name given to the out coast of a papyrus red in Egypt during 11 century BC” The plural form of Biblios is Biblia and Christian of the second century AD were using this word to describe their scriptures.... [tags: Bible, Christianity, New Testament, Jesus]
794 words (2.3 pages)
- Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Bible This guide is specially written for new Christians, commonly called born again Christians. As we bear in mind that new Christians come into this spiritual journey called Christianity which is to live like Christ, with numerous questions in mind, but don’t know which ones to ask first, or even who to ask these questions to. You need to understand that we are not trying to encourage you more into one religion or another. We are approaching the Bible in the most neutral but instructive way.... [tags: Bible, Christianity, New Testament, Jesus]
1498 words (4.3 pages)
- Why is homosexuality mentioned so many times in the Bible as a sin. In the book Torn, Lee tries to find an answer in the Bible for why he is gay. Although Lee grapples with scriptures in Chapter 12 and tries to discern the meaning of the verses in light of the context, he is disappointed that the answers he was looking for were not there. Through these scriptures we can discern that the act of gay sex is a sin, homosexuality is no different from any other sin, and because every person on earth is a sinner, we should unconditionally love these people.... [tags: Jesus, Christianity, New Testament, Bible]
1272 words (3.6 pages)
- In 2011, the Barna Group completed and published the results of a five-year study on why many teens are turning away from Christian churches. The research showed that one-fourth of these skeptical young adults felt that “Christianity is anti-science” . This statistic should not be too surprising because Christians are notorious for their steadfast beliefs in Genesis 1 which states that the universe was created by God in just 6 days. Obviously, this tale contradicts countless scientific records and theories, making a life of faith practically unachievable for any science-minded individual.... [tags: Bible Essays]
2715 words (7.8 pages)