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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Forgiveness as a Queer Response

Forgiveness as a Queer Response

Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18–47:27)

(p.64) Eleven Forgiveness as a Queer Response
Torah Queeries

Denise L. Eger

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Joseph's account of revealing himself to his brothers as a process of accepting one's queer identity. Joseph, who was then the vizier of Egypt and was unrecognized by his family, reencountered his brothers when they pleaded him a supply of food during a famine. He kept his identity hidden and ordered his brothers to bring his other brother, Benjamin, to Egypt as part of an alleged test to prove that they are not spies. When his brothers passed the test, Joseph “no longer keep up the masquerade,” and reveals himself. This account models how LGBT people might grow into adulthoods, accepting themselves and demanding their place in their families.

Keywords:   Joseph, Benjamin, LGBT, queer identity, adulthoods

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