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Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness: A Biblical Tale Retold

Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness: A Biblical Tale Retold

by Stephen Mitchell


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A unique and special kind of masterpiece.” —John Banville

Stephen Mitchell’s gift is to breathe new life into ancient classics. In Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness, he offers us his riveting novelistic version of the Biblical tale in which Jacob’s favorite son is sold into slavery and eventually becomes viceroy of Egypt. Tolstoy called it the most beautiful story in the world. What’s new here is the lyrical, witty, vivid prose, informed by a wisdom that brings fresh insight to this foundational legend of betrayal and all-embracing forgiveness. Mitchell’s retelling, which reads like a postmodern novel, interweaves the narrative with brief meditations that, with their Zen surprises, expand the narrative and illuminate its main themes.

By stepping inside the minds of Joseph and the other characters, Mitchell reanimates one of the central stories of Western culture. The engrossing tale that he has created will capture the hearts and minds of modern readers and show them that this ancient story can still challenge, delight, and astonish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250237521
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 813,402
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn in 1943, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen training. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, The Second Book of the Tao, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Beowulf. He is also the coauthor of three of his wife Byron Katie’s bestselling books: Loving What Is, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. You can read extensive excerpts from all his books on his website,

Table of Contents


I: The Favorite Son

II: Judah and Tamar

III: In Potiphar's Palace

IV: Viceroy of All Egypt

V: Joseph Reveals Himself

VI: The Way of Forgiveness

Notes and References