The Story of Joseph and the Family of Jacob

By Ronald S. Wallace
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans (2001). 135 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Alex Montoya
12.2 (Fall 2001) : 274-274

Written in thirteen concise but lucid chapters, The Story of Joseph and the Family of Jacob is about the life of Joseph from his selling into bondage to his death at the end of the Book of Genesis. Ronald S. Wallace, a retired instructor at Columbia Theological Seminary, in this volume continues his exposition of the patriarchs in Genesis. The two previous works were Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and were expositional studies into the lives of these patriarchs.

The author is well acquainted with the scholarship bearing on the story of Joseph, yet the work is not a scholarly tome but rather a devotional exposition of the final chapters of Genesis. The Mosaic authorship is assumed and the Christological end of Scripture is affirmed.

Wallace asserts that the dreams Joseph had were inspired, and form the basis for the rest of the story. He also thinks that Joseph went too far in his effort to see if his brothers had repented of their callousness toward their father and brother. Nevertheless, the book treats the life of Joseph with great dignity and offers some great application to the present life. If anyone is looking for deep exposition, this is not the place to begin. But if he/she is looking for a way to make preaching from the OT practical, especially from narrative sections, then this is a fine example to follow.