By Thomas Cahill
From the bestselling writer of ways the Irish kept Civilization, a desirable examine how medieval thinkers created the origins of contemporary highbrow movements.
After the lengthy interval of decline often called the darkish a long time, medieval Europe skilled a rebirth of scholarship, paintings, literature, philosophy, and technology and started to improve a imaginative and prescient of Western society that is still on the middle of Western civilization this present day, from the access of ladies into professions that had lengthy been closed to them to the early investigations into alchemy that might shape the foundation of experimental technological know-how. On visits to the nice towns of Europe-monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of medical examine that used to be Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto-acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colourful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of information that equipped the rules for the fashionable global.
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Chapter Three Exodus THE FREEDOM TO WORSHIP Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. (Exodus 1:8) F our hundred years later, the children of Israel had grown strong and become an established presence in Egypt. Memories of Joseph’s contribution to the salvation of the nation were old and forgotten. The present Pharaoh was uneasy about the independent power of the Hebrews, fearing they could form alliances with his enemies or fight directly against Egypt. “Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens” (Exodus 1:11).
Then Leah’s maid gave birth to two more sons. 6 The names of the twelve sons of Jacob (with his two wives and two concubines), heads of the twelve tribes of Israel, in order of birth were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Napthali, Gad, Asher, Issacher, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. A daughter named Dinah was born between Zebulun and Joseph. After twenty years, Jacob returned to the land of Canaan. On the eve of his reconciliation with Esau, Jacob spent the night wrestling with an angel. The angel sought to leave at daybreak, but Jacob demanded a blessing before releasing him.
But falsely accused by his master’s wife, Joseph was thrown into prison. Here he interpreted dreams for two members of Pharaoh’s court who had suffered temporary incarceration. Two years later, Pharaoh had a disturbing dream that his court magicians and wisemen were unable to interpret. His butler (one of the courtiers formerly incarcerated with Joseph) told Pharaoh of Joseph’s skills with dream interpretation. Pharaoh sent for him. Joseph first explained to Pharaoh, “It is not I; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer” (Genesis, 41:16 NRSV).
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World by Thomas Cahill