Judaism, Christianity and Islam all share the story of Joseph, the lowly shepherd boy who was the first person in our shared creation stories to become fully human. Of course, I am speaking of Joseph, the biblical character, who shows us what it means to become fully human.
As I stand a bit apart from the book I have written about Joseph’s journey from a younger son of many sons, to the great vizier of Egypt, where he spent a good deal of his life as a servant or in Pharaoh’s prison, I see that my reflections on Joseph’s journey holds out to you the power of transformation.
This power to transform in I Am Joseph, Shepherd, Dreamer, Savior is, like the many images that weave their way through the story, many layered.
- You will become aware that the pattern of Joseph’s life is the pattern at work in the depths of every human person, yourself included.
- You are shown how to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.
- You will discover the whole-making process at work in the creation of the human person and what that means for a healthier and more balanced spiritual life today.
- You will come to understand that our sacred design is necessarily inclusive of the feminine, the world of matter, our bodies, and our sexuality.
- You will learn to read the language of the soul. And see that we are seeded with our saving from our genesis in the world.
- Joseph is the key to understanding the scriptures that follow.
- The dreams in the story reveal the birthing of human consciousness and its role in the whole-making process not only of one individual but of the larger world as well.
- You are shown how this reading is a corrective to the current challenges facing Western Christianity, with a fuller and truer understanding of the sacred in its earliest expressions.
- Understanding this story is fast becoming crucial to the future of our churches and the very survival of the planet.