The Eleventh Brother by Rachel Wilcox

   This is one of the many Joseph books I read while searching for the perfect one. And this one fell way below my book standard. Sure, maybe lots of people want ‘Christian’ romance, but not me. It’s supposed to be about Joseph, right? Not every woman that crosses his path.
Here are the few things I liked about it:
#1. Dinah and Joseph’s relationship was sweet.
#2. Wilcox does a good job writing it. I’ve read a few books in which the grammar is atrocious (not that mine isn’t 😉 ) and the sentences discombobulated. So it did please me that her words flowed instead of sputtered.
#3. Possibly the scene of Sasobek and Potiphar after the accusation. It was inspiring how he sacrificed himself to save Potiphar’s positon.
Now for what I didn’t like…get ready:
#1. She really dragged out Joseph’s early childhood, it was looooong. And the whole mixed up story of Judah, Dinah, and Benjamin’s birth- things got pretty weird.
#2. Joseph turning to the Egyptian gods. Eh, nope. Sorry, but Joseph followed the One true God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Let’s not add to scripture, shall we?
#3. The mystery surrounding Amon was utterly confusing.
#4. The ‘Voice’ speaking to Joseph while in prison was a little disconcerting. But when he began comparing what it said with the words of the ‘gods’, it really threw me off kilter.
#5. In the first chapter Joseph is thrown into a well. If that had happened then that poor boy would have had, at the least, broken legs. A well is normally from 100 to 300 feet deep. So his surviving was a miracle in itself. I’m thinking they threw him in a pit/cistern (30 feet) like the Bible says. Wilcox seems to have missed a bit or two from the Bible, possibly trying to make up for it with Egyptian history.
This is just my opinion on it, I don’t know, maybe you would like it. I don’t really even know why I still have it, except maybe because of the amount of money I spent on it. I’d give it one book, and that’s because it’s supposed to be about Joseph.
If you want a good read on Joseph, read Fivash’s book.

Ps. The next review will be good- I promise.

This is supposed to be a book about the Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers.

  Unfortunately, the writer did not seem to research the story too deeply, which makes for a bit of a not very well put together book.
 I liked it somewhat, and here are my reasons why:
It was about Joseph.
It did mention God. That was a plus.
 I did not like it because:

When Joseph arrives in Egypt, he seems to reject God and goes wholeheartedly to the Egyptian idols. The author even quotes the Egyptian stories of their idols. And Joseph tells his sons the idols’ stories. The Bible says that Joseph stayed true to God his whole life. Even when he was in prison, when he told the baker and the butler the interpretation of their dreams, he says that God will give him the meaning. And when Joseph is on his deathbed, he proves that he still believes in God ( Genesis 50:25 ).

He is also portrayed as a bit of a baby. The Bible tells us that Joseph actually had an “old head on his shoulders” (meaning he was mature and wise).
He also seems unsure of himself in the case of Potiphar’s wife. In the Bible, he is decidedly against it.
The writer made it to where Joseph was rather bitter and resentful toward his brothers, which wasn’t quite right in my opinion. While I can easily understand him being angry at his brothers for what they did to him, the Bible does not tell us that he was like this. Instead, it says that he forgave his brothers and even said, ” Do not be afraid,for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me,but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive”(Genesis 50:19). Rather than blaming his brothers for treating him the way they did, he told them that it had all been in God’s plan, and what they had done to him had actually resulted in good, making it so that he was there to help save many people.
He also invited them all to Egypt to live in Goshen, which was the best land in all of Egypt. That doesn’t sound like bitterness to me.
The author seemed to write the book without really reading the scriptures to verify if what she was saying was really true or not.
All this being said, I’m afraid I can only give it 1 and a half books.
Ps. I also disliked the fact that Asenath was made into a priestess. There is no evidence in the Bible to back up that theory. And as this is supposed to be a story from the Bible, it is important to stay near the Biblical facts.

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