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Joseph, Wise and Otherwise: The Intersection of Wisdom and Covenant in Genesis 37-50 (Lindsay Wilson) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2004) 9781597527736
Joseph, Wise and Otherwise: The Intersection of Wisdom and Covenant in Genesis 37-50 (Lindsay Wilson) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2004) 9781597527736
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Title: Joseph, Wise and Otherwise: The Intersection of Wisdom and Covenant in Genesis 37-50

Author: Wilson, Lindsay

Publisher: Wipf and Stock; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9781597527736

Volumes: 1; Pages: 374

List Price in Paper: $37.00 Our price: $28.99

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This book studies how wisdom ideas in Genesis 37-50 relate to the themes and motifs that emerge from the Abrahamic promises. While the Joseph narrative is not simply a wisdom tale, there appear to be many features that are suggestive of wisdom.A literary reading of the chapters examines how these 'wisdom-like elements' relate to the story as a whole. Chapter 37 establishes that God will cause Joseph to rise to prominence. The intriguing story of Tamar in chapter 38 is seen as a kind of microcosm of the entire Joseph story, with Tamar securing life, justice and reconciliation through her wise initiatives, leading ultimately to the preservation of the line of promise. Joseph's public use of wisdom is considered in chapters 39-41, where he uses power successfully and with discernment. Joseph's private use of wisdom occupies chapters 42-45, as Joseph brings about change in his brothers and extends forgiveness to them. Chapters 46-50 complete the story by weaving the concerns of the previous chapters into the fabric of God's purposes for his covenant people.In the final form of the narrative, both the wisdom and the covenant strands are seen to be prominent. The covenant strand is reflected in the connections forged with the rest of Genesis and the wider Pentateuch. The wisdom strand is evident in the public and private arenas, as well as in Joseph's tested character. God's behind-the-scenes activity, coupled with human initiatives, emerges as another 'wisdom-like element.'Both covenant and wisdom retain their distinctive contributions and are complimentary ways of God's establishing his active rule. God uses wise human initiatives to accomplish his overarching purposes.ContentsPart 1: Preliminary MattersChapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Wisdom and the Joseph Narrative Chapter 3 The Integrity of Genesis 37-50 as a Literary UnitPart 2: A Literary Reading of the Joseph StoryChapter 4 Genesis 37 Chapter 5 Genesis 38 Chapter 6 Genesis 39-41 Chapter 7 Genesis 42-45 Chapter 8 Genesis 46-50Part 3: Wisdom and Covenant in the Joseph StoryChapter 9 The Abrahamic Promises and Genesis 37-50 Chapter 10 Wisdom and Genesis 37-50 Chapter 11 Covenant and Wisdom in Genesis 37-50 Chapter 12 ConclusionsBibliography Author Index Biblical Index
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