So for today, look over Genesis 37-50 to get an overall picture of Joseph's life. Look back at what has led up to Joseph's life. Read about his father, Jacob. Who was he? Where did they live? Why did they live there? What were some life lessons that Jacob went through that made him the parent he was? (Sorry, the parent's lives do have an affect on the child. Know you've been trying to avoid facing that, but it's true -- for the good and the ill.)
We'll get started tomorrow on chapter by chapter.