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RCL: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38
RoCa: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38

Genesis 45:3-11, 15


1. René Girard, Things Hidden; link here to pp. 149-154 which reflect on the story of Joseph. Girard also takes up the Joseph story as crucial to his argument in I See Satan Fall Like Lightning concerning "The Uniqueness of the Bible" (ch. 9).

2. James G. Williams, The Bible, Violence & the Sacred; ch. 2 is on "Enemy Brothers" in the book of Genesis, coupled with the Parable of the Prodigal Son (and his older brother), pp. 54-60 on "Joseph and His Brothers: The Triumph of the Innocent Victim."

3. Sandor Goodhart, "'I am Joseph': René Girard and the Prophetic Law," pp. 53-74 in the collection of essays edited by Paul Dumouchel, Violence and Truth: On the Work of René Girard. Also, this essay was edited for Goodhart's subsequent book, Sacrificing Commentary: Reading the End of Literature, as ch. 3, "'I am Joseph': Judaism, Anti-Idolatry, and the Prophetic Law," pp. 99-121.

4. James Alison, Faith Beyond Resentment, first paragraph of the introduction and following. Alison uses Joseph to introduce the theme of Faith Beyond Resentment. He says, for example:

Joseph exercised Pharaoh's generosity as though he had never undergone any of the experiences which led him to his position. He was so entirely free of any sort of resentment that he was able to imagine an entirely generous and sustained program for the reconciliation of his brothers, and act it out in such a way that they were eventually able to get the point, overcome their fratricide and be reconciled.

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50


1. James Alison, The Joy of Being Wrong, p. 214; and Raising Abel, p. 122.

2. Raymund Schwager, Jesus in the Drama of Salvation, p. 216.

Luke 6:27-38


1. Gil Bailie, "The Gospel of Luke" lecture series, tape #4. Here are my notes for the portion of his lecture pertaining to this passage:

2. René Girard, Things Hidden, p. 198. Here is the section entitled "The Preaching of the Kingdom," pp. 196-202, which feature the Sermon on the Mount/Plain.

3. Robert Hamerton-Kelly, sermon from February 18, 2001 (Woodside Village Church).

4. Raymund Schwager, Jesus in the Drama of Salvation, p. 67, 100.

5. James G. Williams, The Bible, Violence & the Sacred, p. 199

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