The Bible Collection: Joseph

Theatrical Release: September 24, 1996
DVD Release: June 28, 2016
The Bible Collection: Joseph


When his jealous brothers cast him into a pit, young Joseph pleads for mercy. Instead, the brothers sell the terrified boy into slavery in Egypt, but Joseph turns this agonizing betrayal into triumph.

Dove Review

Joseph, beloved son of his father Jacob, was despised and envied by his older brothers because of their father’s favoritism. As a young man, he is ripped from the only life he knew when his 10 older siblings conspire to rid themselves of their troublesome brother, throwing him into a deep well to die. Haunted by a sliver of guilt at the thought of being responsible for his death, the brothers decide to sell Joseph to a passing group of slave traders instead. Taken to Egypt, Joseph faces unimaginable pain and cruelty. He experiences the loss of freedom and family, but still he chooses to serve God and his captors faithfully.

In time, he finds favor in the eyes of his master Potiphar and becomes steward over his entire household. Joseph is trusted because of his integrity. But when the wife of his master begins to lust after Joseph and he refuses her advances out of honor to her husband, she falsely accuses him of treachery and rape. He is thrown into a dank and hopeless Egyptian jail for 14 long years until he unexpectedly finds himself being elevated to a place of honor. He is brought before the Pharaoh to interpret a terrifying dream which has shaken him deeply.

“Joseph” is a powerful cinematic production depicting a well-known biblical story. Brought to life with clarity and jarring reality, viewers get a glimpse into the life of a man who, against all odds, remains true to his faith. He is given an opportunity to wreak havoc and judgment upon his brothers as they travel to Egypt for food when a devastating drought grips the land.

The entire movie is gripping, powerful and mostly true to biblical writings. The film does contain several intense sensual scenes, such as when Joseph is seduced by Potiphar’s wife. Although the scenes are created with restraint and tastefulness, parents should be aware of their presence. We found this film to be a realistic depiction of Joseph’s life. Biblical values of integrity, faithfulness, forgiveness and steadfastness are woven throughout the film, and we are pleased to approve “Joseph” for viewers ages 12 and above.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Sexual touching implied, sensual advances between unmarried male and married female
Language: None
Violence: A hanging
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage; two instances of bare buttocks on adult male
Other: None


Company: Shout! Factory
Director: Roger Young
Producer: Lorenzo Minoli
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 187 min.
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens