Till Shiloh Comes
by Gilbert Morris
Category: Fiction / Historical
320 pages; ISBN: 0764229192
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Till Shiloh Comes
Bethany House, Feb 2005, 12.99, 320 pp.
Besides being the favorite of his father Jacob who never believes his eleventh born son Joseph does any wrong, the lad who has yet to shave enjoys bragging how he is also Yahweh’s favorite as the Lord visits him in his dreams. Already tired with his bragging and ranting about being the favored one as his new multicolor robe represents, Joseph’s siblings go over the top when he claims they will one day bow to him. The siblings interpret this to mean that Jacob will select Joseph as the next patriarch. Angry, they plot to kill him, but one brother Ruben intercedes and saves his life. Instead they sell him into slavery.
Over the years, Joseph becomes an important advisor to the Egyptian Pharaoh s. He gains wealth and power and ultimately his family arrives in Egypt starving and on their knees to the advisor to the Pharaoh. Joseph forgives them their transgression; each sibling expects Jacob to name Joseph as the next patriarch, but instead the father states that "The scepter will not depart from Judah until Shiloh comes."
Those who will consider reading this terrific biblical novel already know the story of Joseph and do not need the above two paragraphs. Gilbert Morris provides a fantastic rendition that brings to life Jacob, his wife Rachel and their children especially Joseph as few authors can. Fans of biblical fiction will want to read this insightful entertaining biographic fictionalized version that adheres to the Old Testament passages and seek the previous novels in the fantastic Lions of Judah series (see HEART OF A LION, NO WOMAN SO FAIR and THE GATE OF HEAVEN).
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