Unabridged audio book
If you like the story of Joseph, Son of Jacob - you will enjoy this book! Rachel K Wilcox has woven an intriguing "real life" story of this amazing man from the Old Testament. The author has written a story that expands on Joseph in ways that most of us do not as we read the Old Testament. Too often we just read the scriptures, enjoy the story and learn from the lessons that are there - but what were these people like? How did they live? What emotions did they have? The Eleventh Brother gives some great insight into who Joseph, Son of Jacob and the Pharaoh's right hand man, could have been. Read the book - you will enjoy all the new things you can learn!
I loved this book!! It didn't matter at all that I already knew the plot and how it would end. Most of it is told in flashback so Joseph meets up with his brothers fairly early on and it takes a while to get to the amazing ending, which brought tears to my eyes. This is a well written and well researched novel and I read most of it in one day.
The portrayal of Potiphar and his wife was interesting to me. She's always portrayed as an evil, over-the-top character and here she was his friend. It made what she did even more sad, though. This storyline was one of the most intriguing to me.
We also learn more about Judah and what happened to him after the brothers left Joseph in the wilderness. His life wasn't easy. He was more careful in his protection of Benjamin because of what he'd learned through the experience with Joseph and was determined not to repeat it.
There's a great "Note to the Reader" at the end where the author shares some of her research and I found that quite interesting. This is a fantastic read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or the story of Joseph!
This novel really helped flesh out the story of Joseph in Egypt and made me look at Joseph and his brothers in a new way. It was very well written and the historical details the author gives helped the story come alive in a way it never has for me.
I loved the author's use of flashbacks. They helped me see how Joseph grew through each of the experiences he had. We watched him struggle with being chosen Jacob's heir and the rift caused between he and his brothers because of it; then we watched him struggle with his new life in Egypt and his experience with Potiphar's wife. We watched him struggle again while he was left alone in prison and then, as vizier when he saw his brothers again and he had to choose whether or not to forgive them. He came to understand the importance of sacrifice and to accept that there was a purpose to his trials. He also learned the importance of forgiveness and being able to let go of the past.
I also loved that the author showed us the struggles Judah went through after what he had done to Joseph. I'm sure their other brothers went through similar experiences and it helped me look at them in a different light.
For anyone wanting to learn more about the story of Joseph in Egypt and also about the culture and religion of the time, I would highly recommend this book.