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Publication Date: 2013
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Cathy Esselink5 Stars Out Of 5Joseph and the Gospel of the Many ColorsJune 22, 2017Cathy EsselinkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is excellent. Highly recommend it as a resource for a Bible Study to broaden our view of Scripture to understand God`s sovereign plan as it is portrayed throughout the entire Bible. We used this book to conclude our study of Genesis with our Bible Study group.
Sue Conte5 Stars Out Of 5Baucham Brilliance!November 17, 2014Sue ConteQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have a few contemporary authors that I know are safe to buy in the blind (John Piper, RC Sproul, etc.) I'd listened to Mr. Baucham's preaching on youtube more than once, found him faithful to Scripture and extremely practical and relatable. I can't express how delighted I've been with this book. Mr. Baucham is careful to not find 'types' just anywhere and everywhere and is faithful to interpret Scripture with Scripture. This is a brilliant work in that it takes the standard view of Joseph (which I can now see comes up woefully short of what it should be) and turns it into a view that, in arrears, I can see was there all along and is much more valuable. I'd just taken the 'after school special' view of it that is so often presented. There is a huge chunk of a diamond sitting in that discourse in Genesis that I've just never recognized or heard plumbed out. To be sure, it's not a happily ever after story that shows that God will bless you with material fame and fortune if you just hang in there through the hard times. It's not only not that at all, it's much bigger than that. We tend to forget that just when we think Joseph's at his pinnacle of "success", he's still in a foreign land ~ not the one promised to Abraham's progeny ~ and surrounded by heathens. Meanwhile, his family is languishing back in his homeland, far away from him. Yes, there is much to consider about that version of "success." The author points out Joseph not naming his children Egyptian names. He still worshiped the true and living God; but he was definitely a stranger in a strange land. He still wanted to know if his father and full brother lived ~ and, if so, see them.
Mr. Baucham walks the reader through life application after life application as the story unfolds. I wish so much he'd publish books on some more of our beloved Bible characters. I can't help wondering what I've missed in those familiar stories. I'll certainly try to read them more discerningly, though, to uncover the story as it really is and not as a trite children's tale.
You'll find the gospel woven throughout the story of Joseph and foreshadowings of Jesus at many turns. This is the best contemporary book I've read this year. I'll be giving copies of it this Christmas for sure. I hope you'll try it. You'll find a depth in this section of Scripture that you probably didn't realize was there, whispers of the Christ to come, and valuable lessons about accepting trials as God's best and for His glory.
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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