Joseph and the Triumph of Grace - Illustrated by Jason Ramasami
The Scottish Bible Society
ISBN 978 1 911 157 483 5
Price £4 including postage https://scottish.bible/joseph/
The Scottish Bible Society are to be congratulated for producing such a beautifully produced book on the biblical character of Joseph in Genesis. The first 63 pages provide a visual retelling of Joseph’s story thorough a creative cartoon. The graphics are of a very high standard and take the reader on a journey through this epic story.
What is particularly striking is how Joseph’s story in the context of the big story of the whole Bible. This is done visually by the use of an orange line that runs right through the story (apart from at one bit where everything goes black and white). The other way that the dark side of the story is communicated is by the use of black shards that spoil the story.
The rest of the book, which comes with an accompanying journal, reproduces the whole of the book of Genesis from the New International Version, that allows the reader to see the Joseph story in the context of the rest of the book.
This sort of resource is like a Toy Story film; accessible for those who are younger but multi-layered enough to engage adults too. I read this part of the book with my 10-year-old-grandson and asked him what he thought of it. He made two observations: first, that he really enjoyed all of the pictures, second that he thought that Joseph was very kind to his brothers.
At such an affordable price this would make a great giveaway to the whole congregation, perhaps as the basis of a sermon or Bible study series. The Scottish Bible Society has further resources for the book to be used in this way.
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia.