From Prisoner to Prince (NSBT) by Samuel Emadi

The NSBT never disappoints and it usually delivers that which is not really available some other convenient place. Such is this book on Joseph. The author states upfront that this book isn’t a commentary on Genesis 37-50, though I would submit it would enlighten where those commentaries might let you down.

He is trying to lay out the biblical theology of this portion of Scripture as well as tracing out how Joseph was used throughout the rest of the Bible. To be sure, the heart of the discussion is the question of its typology—is that a real thing or not. For people like me the answer is an obvious yes, but it’s still helpful to hear that championed.

The farther into this book you delve into this book its greatest strength quickly emerges—bringing the structure of Genesis to life. The design of Genesis and how the beloved story of Joseph fits into it is nothing short of exciting. Perhaps this is as it should be because biblical theology when successfully executed will deliver exactly the kind of eye opening insights Emadi delivers. There’s hardly any theological works I enjoy more than those that succeed where this one did.

Amazingly, he brings to life all of Genesis with this work on Joseph. He also shows how typology should be responsibly done and the tasty fruit it yields. This is a good one!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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