maincurve UC Library MyUC iLearn Webmail Home
title Media Relations Home



Dunston speaks about Joseph at UC


Williamsburg, Ky.—On Monday, October 14, 2013, University of the Cumberlands (UC) students gathered in the Gatliff Chapel to hear UC professor Dr. Robert Dunston present a lecture titled “Joseph: In the Bible, Lego, and Musical.”

The narrative that tells the story of Joseph, the favored eleventh of twelve sons, can be found in Genesis 37 and 39-50. Favoritism of one son over others is a constant theme found throughout many stories in Genesis, which leads to trouble. Joseph is favored and knows it, so when he has dreams about his future status with his brothers bowing to him, the brothers put a plan into action to get rid of Joseph. At the end of the narrative, Joseph himself confesses that he has recognized that God brought him through his difficulties and changed his understanding of his dreams so he could save Egypt, his own people, and others.

Scenes from the narrative have long been captured in paintings and more recently using Lego figures and blocks. Dunston used the website to illustrate the narrative of Joseph. These are not typical Sunday school illustrations because they capture the brutality and immorality of biblical characters and their actions as well as the nobility of characters.

Much of Dunston’s lecture was featured around video clips of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical from 1968 that was put together by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). The musical is a simple piece that would allow for almost anyone to participate in. Anyone can have a dream. Dreams keep us geared toward our future.

“The narrative about Joseph, dreaming, and colored coats is all about dreaming,” Dunston said. “When you have a dream and you see it change over time, you begin to realize just how important dreams are.”

Dunston has been a part of the faculty at UC since 1983. He has been repeatedly honored for excellence in teaching. The Student Government Association (SGA) has elected him three times as Honored Professor. Dunston is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, American Academy of Religion, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit