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Victim And Victimizer : Joseph's Int -  Fung

Victim And Victimizer

Joseph's Int

By: Fung

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Published: 1st June 2000
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This book attempts an interesting exercise in character analysis. It scrutinizes the speeches of Joseph in such a way as to expose the problematic nature of his claims to know God's intentions. While Judah is forced by Joseph's test to choose slavery for the sake of his father's survival, the ironic reversal of Judah's role from victimizer to victim is undercut by the rationale by which he had Joseph sold in order to save him. Unwittingly, Joseph mistakes this rationale as a divine principle that undergirds his suffering and he dreams of domination for the same purpose of survival. He is unaware of Judah's real predicament and this double blindness calls into doubt the coalescence of perspectives of Joseph and the narrator.

Prefacep. 7
Abbreviationsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
The Problematic Nature of Joseph's Claim of Divine Providencep. 19
The Pit as a Symbol of Death or Slaveryp. 27
Joseph Repeats What He Has Condemnedp. 31
Problematic Hierarchical Oppositions in Joseph's Claimp. 39
A Challenge to Joseph's Claim of Divine Dominationp. 56
Strategic Use of Judah's Pit to Justify his Claim of Divine Dominationp. 58
Joseph's Claim of Domination over Egyptp. 70
Joseph's Ignorance of the Ironic Reversal of Judah's Rolep. 88
Desperate Compromise versus Deliberate Positive Movep. 94
Is Joseph the Narrator's Mouthpiece?p. 101
Discrepancies between Joseph's Disclosure Speech and his Two Previous Claimsp. 102
Joseph's Credibility as the Narrator's Mouthpiecep. 119
Readers' Responses to Joseph's Claimsp. 128
Avoidance of Challenging Joseph's Claimsp. 128
Literary Paradoxes of the Pit and Dreams and their Unravellingp. 151
A Fictional Experiment in Knowledgep. 157
Favouritism Functions as Both Curse and Curep. 171
Paternal Favouritismp. 171
Avoidance of Confronting Divine Favouritismp. 181
Conclusionp. 198
Bibliographyp. 207
Index of Referencesp. 216
Index of Authorsp. 220
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ISBN: 9781841271033
ISBN-10: 1841271039
Series: JSOT Supplements
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1