In my old family bible of 1736
according to the German Translation of Dr. Martin Luther, the 1st Book
of Moses, Chapter 41 tells the story of Joseph, the legendary
interpreter of dreams. According to this account, this story took place
in the year 2289 of the Hebrew calendar, i.e., 1715 B.C.
Joseph was the son of Jacob. His father
loved him above all his sons because he was born to him when he was
quite an old man. For this reason he had a very special, majestic and
colorful coat made for him, which made his brothers jealous of
As a result, they sold Joseph into
slavery in Egypt where he wound up at the court of Pharaoh and soon
became the chief overseer. His king had a very disturbing dream. In this
dream he had seen seven fatted calves and seven emaciated calves emerge
from the Nile. Joseph interpreted this dream correctly: there will be
seven years of good harvest followed by seven years of famine. As a
consequence of the dream, King Pharaoh together with Joseph began to
store huge provisions of grain during the good harvest years. Soon came
the seven years of famine. People from all over Egypt and Canaan had to
come to Joseph to buy from the stored provisions.
First they paid with gold, then with
their livestock, later with their fields and homes and finally, they
sold themselves as slaves.
A lesson from the bible which also has
meaning for todayís world. Didnít we experience something like this
in Germany from 1944 to 1948?