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Terence KelshawHave you ever wished that you could fully visualize what lies behind the narrative stories in the Bible? It is especially helpful if one can visualize the background to Old Testament stories, because that helps the narrative to sing in joyful melody.
IT IS I, JOSEPH and BELOVED LEAH are two such examples of the Old Testament singing a new song. Cynthia Davis has researched incredible background of Middle Eastern and Egyptian life to tie together the story of Joseph and the betrayal of Leah. I could never imagine how it was that Potiphar’s wife was able to corner Joseph, but when Mrs. Davis sets it in the context she does, it not only makes it possible, but also brings it marvelously to light. She is to be commended for the immense amount of cultural and historical background she brings to these stories in such a way that the reader can feel almost that they are present with the narrative. She makes the Old Testament sing, indeed.
Neither books are heavy in any sense of being too long or too theological, but it is clear that Cindy Davis is someone who loves the Scriptures and has deeply researched the narratives in both these personalities. Her setting of Joseph as the scribe for Potiphar and her exposing of him to high society life in Egypt and Middle East is incredibly clever and entirely plausible. The dark pits into which Leah descends realizing that she was not the first choice of Jacob, notwithstanding that he has worked seven years for Rachael and ended up with her, is brilliantly constructed in such a way that it becomes an autobiography for every human being as does the story of Joseph, son of Jacob, being one many to save a nation from famine. I commend these two slim paperback volumes to every member of our diocese.
— The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Terence Kelshaw, Bishop, Rio Grande