Joseph in Egypt

    Joseph in Egypt

    A Cultural Icon from Grotius to Goethe

    Bernhard Lang

    Yale University Press 2009

    Hardback 399pp

    9780300151565   Product Code: 92483

    Biblical scholar Bernhard Lang examines how the story of Joseph was interpreted in 17th and 18th century Europe, when writers such as Henry Fielding, Voltaire, Chateaubriand and Goethe found special relevance in the story of the boy who was sold into slavery but rose to high office in Egypt. Lang analyses texts ranging from poems and children's literature to historical and critical writings, which variously identified Joseph as a paradigm of piety, chastity, benefaction or tyranny.

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