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Conversations With Asenath
Midwest Book Review
"Conversations with Asenath" is a must for community
library fiction collections and those who want something different.
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.