From start to finish the Bible is a book of life which reveals the Author of life to the reader. Interestingly, however, in the course of the narrative of Joseph in the closing chapters of Genesis, the death of Joseph’s father, Jacob, serves as a consideration of how death and grief should be approached by those who, by faith, walk with their Creator. Though sorrowful, this consideration is not hopeless. No, just the opposite; it is full of hope and purpose. The attention given to humanity’s mortality is hopeful, not because of the goodness of the one experiencing death or the one grieving as a result of it, but because of the faithfulness and greatness of the Author of life.