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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2013
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The story of Joseph is more than just the story of one man. Baucham explores the redemptive-historical significance of Josephs amazing life, highlighting Gods ultimate plan to save his people in and through Christ.
Voddie Baucham Jr. (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the preaching pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. Author of Family Driven Faith, The Ever-Loving Truth, and Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors, Baucham is also a sought-after preacher and conference speaker.
SnickerdoodleSarahGender: female2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointmentNovember 12, 2013SnickerdoodleSarahGender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Joseph: And the Gospel of Many Colors is not a full-fledged commentary on the account of Joseph, nor was it meant to be. It is more of an overview of the life of Joseph using a Christo-centric perspective. I wanted to read this book partly because I thought that perhaps I was misunderstanding what people mean by "Christo-centric" as a hermeneutic.
But it turns out that I was wrong and hadn't misunderstand what "Christocentric" seemed to be implying. Perhaps I still don't completely understand the argument, but I disagree with the results of the hermeneutic. Baucham calls Joseph's brother Judah "the forerunner of Christ", not simply genetically, but because of some of his actions: Judah obeyed his father and offers himself as substitute prisoner of the Egyptian in the stead of his brother Benjamin, "Once more there are echoes of his greater son, Jesus: 'Greater love has not one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends'(John 15:13)'_" Where does God in His word ever make such a connection? God was certainly gracious to Judah in making him the genetic forefather of the Messiah but I don't see where he was ever said to be the forerunner of Christ by his actions.
My disappointment started at the beginning of the book, this excerpt being a large part of my discouragement: "._..Everything we've observed about the Joseph narrative is true. And anyone teaching the story in a manner commensurate with the brief outline I've just given would be showing faithfulness to the text. Joseph was faithful. His brothers were sinful. He was rewarded with position, power, and prominence. All true! However, let me ask you a question. What separates the telling of the story from any other moral tale? More importantly, where is the good news? ___.. How is it distinct from Aesop's Fables? Because it mentions God as the source of the success? Is that all? There must be something more!" Why? Someone can preach the account of Joseph's life without making God's material rewards for him a standard for all Christians. And God certainly is the source of Joseph's success. What would be wrong with simply preaching the providence of God in Joseph's life in particular and acknowledging that God graciously used him to save the nation of Israel from whence the Messiah would come? Is it no different from a fable if we don't see Judah as a forerunner of Christ by his actions? If we don't see, or speak of, the tests Joseph made of his brothers as being similar to the 'tests' of 1st John, does this mean that we are misinterpreting the text?
But isn't God's providential control good news? Isn't "Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work."(2Ti 3:16-17 ASV) Why doesn't Paul say that "every Scripture that is Christocentrically interpreted is profitable_"? I have never understood that when Christ said that 'Moses wrote of me" he meant that everything Moses wrote was about Christ, rather it was that Moses wrote of Him. When on the Emmaus road Christ "interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." I have always taken it to mean that He explained all of the prophetic texts that are found in the Scriptures.
I am very sorry to be so negative. There were good things in the book, and Baucham didn't find Christ in every text, He did see the providence of God. But some of his interpretations were odd and his explanation of Christocentric was not Biblically convincing. I simply don't see that using a literal/grammatical/historical hermeneutic turns historical narratives of the Bible into fables.
Many thanks to Good News Publishers / Crossway Books and Bibles for sending me a free review copy of this book (My review did not have to be favorable).
mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Jesus in the lie of JosephNovember 5, 2013mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Voddie Baucham is the Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter and his latest book; Joseph and the gospel of many colors seeks to tell an old an familiar story in a new way.
But in only 158 pages Baucham has not written the great theological treatise on this son of Israel. Nor do I think this is a book where you walk away reflecting on how we might all emulate or "live like" Joseph. No, what Baucham has done (and quite frankly what all pastors should do) is find the gospel narrative within the story of Joseph. In his book Baucham reveals how Joseph is a "Christ-figure" - how Joseph was mistreated, sold to enemies and how ultimately it was for the deliverance of his people.
Baucham is not so much interested as teaching you about Joseph, but rather teaching you about Jesus by using Joseph as an example - and as a reader that is very refreshing.
I think anyone who is interested in reading the familiar pages of the bible in a new way or who would love to read a book that helps uncover the "Christ" that resides in the Old Testament would benefit greatly from reading this book.
Baucham's voice is casual and even funny at times - great book!
Thank you to Crossway for this free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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