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In this illuminating study of early biblical interpretation, James Kugel examines a series of exegetical stories that elaborate on the Joseph narrative in Genesis. These stories—which appear in such diverse source as rabbinic midrash, Christian writing, liturgical poetry, and the Qur'an—often contain details or whole incidents not found in the Bible itself. In tracing the development and function of these tales, Kugel reveals a dynamic interpretive process: the living, changing significance of texts through generations of discussion, analysis, and application.
|1||Joseph in the Bible||13|
|2||The Assembly of Ladies||28|
|4||Joseph's Change of Heart||94|
|6||Why Was Lamech Blind?||159|
|8||Hatred and Revenge||214|
|Glossary of Sources, Terms, and Abbreviations||271|