Joseph: A Story of Love, Hate, Slavery, Power, and Forgiveness

By John C. Lennox

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Joseph: A Story of Love, Hate, Slavery, Power, and Forgiveness

By John C. Lennox

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“Deep, rich, and nourishing.”

Os Guinness

The life of Joseph detailed in the book of Genesis is a story of love, hate, slavery, power, and forgiveness. Although written thousands of years ago, it has a timeless quality that still probes the depths of the human experience.

In this thoughtful and devotional book, scholar John Lennox emphasizes the major themes present in Joseph’s story—such as suffering, temptation, forgiveness, faith, and God’s sovereignty—and applies them to readers at a personal level. This detailed look at Joseph’s life in its broader context will invite us into a deeper trust of God in the face of suffering and hardship.


John C. Lennox

John C. Lennox (PhD, Cambridge University; DPhil, Oxford University) is professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Oxford and an associate fellow of Oxford’s Said Business School. Lennox has published more than seventy scholarly papers and coauthored two research-level texts in mathematics. He is author of a number of books on the relations of science, philosophy, and biblical understanding, including Gunning for God and Against the Flow.

Product Details

Category: Evangelism & Missions
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 240
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 10.37 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6293-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6293-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781433562938
Case Quantity: 44
Published: March 31, 2019

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Broader Context in Genesis

  1. The Structure of Genesis
  2. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
  3. Isaac and His Sons
  4. Jacob and Family Return to the Promised Land; Meeting God and Esau
  5. Jacob in Shechem; the Violation of Dinah

Part 2: Joseph, His Father, and His Brothers

  1. Preliminary Considerations
  2. The Genesis of Hatred
  3. The Brothers’ Revenge
  4. Judah’s Family Life
  5. An Introduction to Egypt
  6. Joseph in the House of Potiphar
  7. Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
  8. Joseph in Prison
  9. Joseph’s Rise to Power
  10. The Path of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Act 1
  11. The Nature of Forgiveness
  12. The Path of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Act 2
  13. The Path of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Act 3
  14. Israel Comes To Egypt
  15. The Last Days of Israel and Joseph

Appendix 1: Major Divisions of Ancient Egyptian History
General Index
Scripture Index


“Deep, rich, and nourishing—Joseph is vintage Lennox. He has the rare gift of opening life as well as the biblical text, so that we come away understanding God’s ways more clearly and trusting him more fully.”
Os Guinness, author, The Call

“I thought I really knew the story of Joseph—but was thrilled by the fact that in chapter after chapter, there were so many fresh insights. If you don’t believe me, just turn to the chapter on Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. John Lennox has written a riveting commentary on one of the timeless characters of the Bible.”
Rico Tice, Cofounder, Christianity Explored; author, Capturing God; Finding More; and The Ultimate Christmas Wishlist

“You may think this story is familiar, but again and again Lennox brings forth new gems in this expert guide through Joseph’s dysfunctional family history. Despite the depth of tragedy, God brought hope.”
Peter J. Williams, Principal, Tyndale House, Cambridge

Joseph is a powerful word for us today. Joseph is tested and trained through suffering and broken relationships to become a forgiving brother, son, and leader, and his relationship with God is not only a stabilizing factor but a sustaining force in his life. Throughout the book, we see how a man with a transformative relationship with God can be used by God in all areas of his life: family, work, bondage, business, government, and faith. Lennox skillfully looks back to the ancestors of Joseph to show how history was repeating in his family, and he looks forward to the life of Jesus to give us hope.”
Bob Shettler, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Florida

“John Lennox, a renowned scientist and Oxford professor, is also a remarkable, gifted expositor and Bible teacher. I had the pleasure of hearing this material when it was initially presented to a large group of European leaders, and I heartily commend it. The deep spiritual understanding and careful research that Lennox brings to Joseph’s story will bring rich dividends to the reader.”
Luder G. Whitlock Jr., Executive Director, CNL Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Former President and Professor Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Divided We Fall and The Spiritual Quest