Robert Longacre approaches Joseph’s story and explores several questions. How does one approach an ancient text? What does one hope to gain from its study? How do we orient ourselves in regard to this story? Does our orientation provide a key for understanding of the story, or does it simply hinder an objective approach to the narrative? This new edition of Longacre’s landmark work incorporates a more user-friendly format. The book also includes new textlinguistic insights and updated references.