There are many approaches to reading the Hebrew Bible, from the pietistic in both
Jewish and Christian traditions to the scholarly. Gabriel Josipovici’s approach is not
about seeking the reductive ‘meaning’ of a text, but encouraging readers into an open
relationship with the text in order to preserve the ambiguities and mysteries that adhere
to such texts. Joseph’s encounter with an unnamed stranger in Genesis 37 is used as an
illustration of this approach. Standing ‘face to face’ with the text requires humility, and
trust in the storyteller.