Joseph and his brothers joseph und seine brder is a four part novel by thomas mann written over the course of 16 years mann retells the familiar stories of genesis from jacob to joseph chapters 27 50 setting it in the historical context of the amarna period . Question what is the story of joseph and his brothers answer joseph was the second youngest of twelve brothers born to jacob who was called israel in genesis 373 4 we read now israel loved joseph more than any of his other sons because he had been born to him in his old age and he made an ornate robe for him. Now the award winning translator john e woods gives us a definitive new english version of joseph and his brothers that is worthy of manns achievement revealing the novels exuberant polyphony of ancient and modern voices a rich music that is by turns elegant coarse and sublime. Joseph and his brothers challenges the reader but not in the way that say ulysses does joseph and his brothers is beautif if ever im asked what my favourite book is i now have an unequivocal answer. Jacob warned joseph against telling such dreams to his brothers and bade his sons to disregard these dreams for he did not wish to see strife among them in his heart however he knew that there was truth in josephs dreams and that joseph was destined to become a great and powerful ruler
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