The book of Genesis tells us that Jacob, the ancestor of the nation of Israel, had twelve sons in total. His favourite son was Joseph, the firstborn son of his beloved wife Rachel. However, the teenage Joseph was not popular with his other brothers. There were three reasons for this. Firstly, he used to report … Continue reading Joseph is betrayed by his brothers (Genesis 37:1-36)
This remarkable ‘Joseph’ window tells almost the entire story of the lives of both Joseph and St Joseph, the foster-father of Christ. Various events from the life of Joseph are paired with similar events in the later life of St Joseph. This is because one was understood to foreshadow the other. The window, which is by Hardmans, dates to 1882 and is found within the rosary shrine of Our Lady & St Dominic, London.
This stained glass scene is of the death of Joseph in Egypt, surrounded by his eleven brothers. Joseph had led a successful life there with his family, after arriving as a slave many years earlier. Now on his deathbed, he had some last instructions for them. Joseph told his brothers (as per the Latin scroll … Continue reading The Death of Joseph (Genesis 50:22-26)