As the final narrative in Genesis, Joseph’s life serves as the climax of the entire book. Where Adam failed to obtain wisdom, Joseph has succeeded in using it appropriately. Adam forfeiting kingship and brought his line in to slavery. Joseph emerges from slavery to possess kingship. Here are a few of the themes that I’ve found:
1. Creation/New Creation- Joseph becomes a new man. He restructures the world, moving things from Canaan to Egypt.
2. Death Resurrection- The pit and the prison are both forms of death. Joseph is raised, in both accounts, as he is the head of Potipher’s house and later the head of Egypt.
3. Garden and Land – Eden is an enclosed sanctuary. The text tells us about outside lands. Canaan is the sanctuary, and Egypt is the outside lands. Joseph goes outside of the garden and conquers. Even in Egypt, however, there is a sort of sanctity distinction between the Egyptians and the Hebrews. This will be fulfilled later in the Bbile.
4. Dominion- Adam was told to fill the earth and subdue it. Abraham was promised that his descendents would be kings. Joseph concludes Genesis sitting on the most powerful throne in the world. The Hebrews reap the spoils.
5. Deception and Bride Warfare- Eve was deceived by the Serpent, and thus the Bride conducts war against the serpent through deception. Joseph pretends to be an Egyptian to deceive his brothers, who themselves took on the role of the Serpent. Joseph also uses subtlety and slavery to put the people of Egypt in a place of subservience to Israel.
6. Stealing Glory- Adam didn’t wait. Jacob and Joseph both wait. They wait A LONG time.
7. Brother-Brother Strife- Cain kills Abel. Joseph’s bros try to kill him, but he shows mercy. Jacob blesses Josephs’ two sons, signifying that the older order of things is no more.
8. Mixing unto Destruction- The mixing of the sons of god and sons of men cause the flood. Jacob’s sons have sexual sins. Joseph tries to keep Israel separate from Egypt, but by the time of Exodus idolatry has arisen.