Item description for Conversations With Asenath by Sisi Theo...
Overview A work of scholarship written in fiction format, this volume engages theological concepts and challenges the reader to think about equity and accountable leadership.
Publishers Description Asenath, an Egyptian woman who is the daughter of the priest of On, marries a powerful Israelite Governor named, Joseph. Years later she meets her brother in law Benjamin and discusses the tragedies inflicted upon Joseph by his brothers. While she empathizes with Joseph, she also begins to make observations about his current leadership choices and questions whether Joseph is engaged in responsible leadership. Asenath in her conversations with Benjamin explores ideas about empire, assimilation, slavery, and Israel's covenant with God. This is an amazing work of scholarship written in fiction format that engages theological concepts and challenges the reader to think about equity and accountable leadership. Sisi Theo is a graduate of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada where she completed her Master of Theological Studies. She also completed a Bachelor of Religious Education at Tyndale University College & Seminary. She continues to study and write. She lives with her husband Peter and they have 3 sons: Jake, Joel and James. They also have a Chihuahua named Minnie, who without notice sneaks up on people's laps.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1602669023 ISBN13 9781602669024
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A look at modern topics from the perspective of an ancient Egyptian woman and her brother Aug 14, 2008
The ability to criticize the leadership of a country is so taken for granted in today's world. "Conversations with Asenath" jumps back to a time where that ability was not freely available, but some dared to speak on it anyway. A look at modern topics from the perspective of an ancient Egyptian woman and her brother, the perspectives expressed are done in a new and intriguing way to keep readers reading. "Conversations with Asenath" is a must for community library fiction collections and those who want something different.
The Many Choices We Make Apr 2, 2008
As a history enthusiast I've recently taken an interest in historical fiction, an interest partly responsible for me finding and reading Conversations With Asenath by Sisi Theo. The book is a fictional account, based on historical and biblical research, of discussions between Joseph's Egyptian wife Asenath and Joseph's younger brother, Benjamin.
This is the Joseph from the Bible story who had dreams, was given a colorful coat by his father, which made his brothers angry and prompted them to sell him into slavery. Joseph ends up a servant in Potipher's house, turns down the sexual advances of Potipher's wife who then trumps up a case against Joseph for which he is thrown in prison. Joseph then is pulled out of prison to interpret dreams for Pharaoh, becomes second in command, and after a family reunion saves Egypt and his family from famine. Besides being a favorite Bible story for children this account also is the basis for Andrew Lloyd Weber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical.
Asenath is an Egyptian woman who marries a powerful Israelite Governor named Joseph. She meets her brother-in-law Benjamin and engages in conversations about empire, assimilation, slavery and Israel's covenant with God. This is a work of scholarship written in fiction that challenges the reader to think about accountable leadership.
The emphasis of the book is about choices. Joseph makes choices about assimilation, agreeing to wear Egyptian clothes and jewelry, marrying an Egyptian, and blending into the Egyptian culture. When his family travels to Egypt to reunite with Joseph they make a choice to dwell in Egypt as shepherds, rather than to sojourn and return to the land of their covenant. Instead, they surrender freedom for food.
The book also is about two people from different backgrounds discussing important issues from different perspectives. Those discussions prompt a lot of questions worthy of exploration. America is an affluent empire living in a time of plenty, much like Egypt. How do we deal with those countries going through famine? As a people living an empire-like existence, have we enslaved others by relying on child labor in other countries for material things we desire? And, even though Joseph strayed away from God's plan good still resulted in the end. God can, and will, redeem our mistakes.
Christians and Jews alike, with knowledge of the story of Joseph as told in the scriptures, would be fascinated by Conversations With Asenath and the issues raised by Theo throughout the book. Theo is a Canadian who wrote the book as part of her graduate work in theological studies. The footnotes at the end of the book show how well she researched her topics, such as her reliance on the Midrash commentaries. Like any historical fiction novel, she does not pull details out of her hat but relies on her research to fill out the story.
I found this book intriguing. --- Emory Daniels Conversations With Asenath
personal joys and ramifications of beliefs Mar 13, 2008
Even today, unfortunately, cultures sometimes clash. Marriages are made and discoveries of incompatible traditions and beliefs must be worked through. What if such a marriage were highly public and important? In "Conversations with Asenath" by Sisi Theo, readers see the contrast between Egyptian and Israelite as wife and husband.
Asenath is a religious Egyptian woman who follows her upbringing's beliefs. She is the daughter of a priest of On, and marries an important man whom her own father had a hand in helping in an interesting way. Joseph goes from slavery to prison to the palace, earning respect. A marriage is arranged by the Pharaoh, as Asenath desires. Asenath and Joseph have two sons, but Joseph gives them Hebrew names and this makes Asenath wonder. She meets her brother in law, Benjamin, and the two, over the years, have discussions regarding the betrayal of Joseph by his brothers, the naming of his sons, the raising of their sons away from Asenath, and the customs of both cultures, as seen from their quite different perspectives.
What comes out in these conversations is each side's point of view, if there must be sides, and the personal joys and ramifications of beliefs and traditions. It is a wonderful study in sociology. Theology comes in and the question of free will is examined closely. This book is captivating in its descriptions of life in Egypt, its easy to read style, and the intimate look at one woman's self examination. In the recent trend of retelling of Bible stories, this is a more personable attempt and makes for an enjoyable read.