Joseph and His Brothers
Northwestern College Presents
Joseph and His Brothers is verbatim from the Bible: Genesis 34 – 50 and a few verses from the start of Exodus. Only the genealogy of Esau is missing. Everything else is included in this thought for thought translation. We have added only a few repeated words, character ad libs, sounds, and songs. This is one of the oldest, most expansive dramas in recorded history, much older than Greek dramas. Portions of this story have been presented many, many times on stage and screen. But seldom in modern times has this drama been enacted precisely as the ancient writer gave it to us. We do not believe we are being clever in presenting this text as a play. We believe its form as a play (character, plot, dialogue, emotion, image, action) is thousands of years old and natural to the pre-literate, oral culture from which the Bible arose. This text always was a play. We are restoring it to its home on the stage. There are parts of this ancient play that you perhaps never noticed before. Some of the passages that are obscure, bizarre, or wordy might easily be skipped over in private reading. We hope you’ll make some discoveries as you finally experience this ancient play in a form closer to its original. Joseph and His Brothers is our fourth fully-produced ancient Hebrew drama at Northwestern College. Previously we have produced David and Goliath, the musicals And God Said and Terror Texts, and dozens of short Bible plays.