Joseph

Overview

Genesis concludes with the long and complex Joseph story. Employing a series of parallel structures, this penitential narrative—a pinnacle of literary achievement in Genesis—serves as a fitting transition to Exodus.

Lecture

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Video Discussion Questions

Why does Joseph accuse his brothers of being spies?



What is the “law of primogeniture,” and why is it continually subverted throughout Genesis?



Justin A. Jackson is a Professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2004, and where he currently serves as the Director of the Hillsdale College Writing Center. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.


Special thanks to Congregation Sha’are Shalom for permission to film their Torah Scrolls for use in the title sequence.