“Sapé comme Joseph”: on Présence Protestante rediscover a passage from the Bible with Éric Denimal and his guests
Discover the program of Présence Protestante, "Ma Bible: Sapé comme Jospeh", available in replay until 10 January. UA psychotherapist, a stylist, a Bible animator for children and a pastor come with THEIR Bible to evoke a chaotic journey of life, an adventure with many twists and turns: the story of young Joseph, in the Old Testament.
“He left his garment in her hand and fled outside. »
Genesis 39: 12
Joseph was the honest steward of Potiphar the Egyptian. The wife of his master Potiphar was therefore his mistress, and he, Joseph, his slave. In front of her advances, he did not accept to be her lover as well. Joseph preferred to run away, leaving his tunic to this woman who wanted to undress him. And there she is, the outraged woman, with this garment in her hands.
A simple tunic, isn't it, in the end, a bit of Joseph that she has kept close to her? This dreamed, fantasized part that she projected onto him? In any case, that's what Pharaoh's police saw in this piece of fabric. It will be for her like a fingerprint left on a glass, the garment will designate the identity of the culprit.
Very quickly caught up, Joseph will therefore find himself in prison for having refused to sleep with the one who wanted to put him in his beautiful sheets. Seen today, what a paradox! It's #meetoo from the very first book of the Bible. Twitter didn't invent anything. The Weinstein-e already existed. For Joseph, finished the beautiful coats, return to the tinsel of the convict. "Return", because before the hole of the jails, Joseph knew that of the cistern.
So that was yesterday, and it's also today. Adored today, despised tomorrow, when you change sidewalks, the "friends" turn their coats around. How many times did Joseph experience these reversals? From the multicolored coat offered by his father, Jacob, to the clothes of Pharaoh, it took courage and self-denial to find his place.
Does clothing design our identity? Do we not choose our own clothes every morning, according to what suits us, our morphology, who we are? Or is it our clothes that shape us? Or the gaze that we seek, through them, in the other? What desire do we want to fulfill? To that of Potiphar's wife?
So, the habit or the monk? Here are two tracks to see more clearly: find in replay until January 10 on the france.tv website the program of Présence Protestante, "Ma Bible: Sapé comme Joseph" with the participation of Sophie Vanzo, Bible animator, Nicolas Bioret, psychologist and psychotherapist, Louis Pernot, pastor of the United Protestant Church of France and Elsie Pomier, stylist and designate.
Also discover the study day on the theme of Clothing and Identities proposed in October by Imago Dei.
Christopher Zimmerlin, for Protestant Presence