Genesis 37:1-4, 45:1-3, Daniel 1:8-9

The biblical narrative preserves two opinions about Joseph: one that he is God’s man and all he does is directed by God; the other that he is a sellout to Pharaoh.  That the authors/scribes/editors of the Bible preserve our mistakes and atrocities along with     our insights and moral victories indicates the reliability of  Scripture. Unlike ideology, which scrubs out everything except pure doctrine, the tradition preserves side by side the disagreements that are still unresolved in the present.  So the price we must pay to enter this strange new world of the Bible as faithful interpreters is accepting a high degree of tension, and this makes us nervous. Let us consider whether we are sellouts or stand-ups.