Carl Jung, John Lennon, and Joseph: The Shadow & The Beautiful Boy (Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27)

By Stephen Hazan ArnoffJoseph was a beautiful boy, so beautiful, in fact, that his father was bewitched by his beauty, loving him more than all of his other sons. In the “Testament of Joseph” — part of a collection from late antiquity purporting to tell the first-person account of each of the 12 sons of Jacob — Joseph is quoted as saying, “[God] gave me ... beauty as a flower, beyond the beautiful ones of Israel” (see James Kugel’s “In Potiphar’s House”).It was because of this beauty, alo … [Read more...]