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Joseph is pulled out of the well

illumination — 18th century Museum Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

This work is linked to Genesis 37:28

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Joseph had been thrown into a well by his brothers. They wanted to get rid of him because their father Jacob loved him the most. Here we see how a group of traveling merchants pull Joseph out of the well. They would take him to Egypt and sell him as a slave.

This illumination was made in the 18th century by an anonymous artist in India. It is an illustration in a manuscript of a poem by the Persian poet Jami (1414?-1492) that tells Yusuf's story. Yusuf is the islamic name for Joseph. Yusuf and Zulayka is one of seven books in Jami's classic work Haft Awrang.

Zulayka was the wife of Potiphar, the Egyptian who bought Joseph from the merchants.

The Bible and the Quran both tell the story of Joseph, Potiphar and Zulayka. There are several small differences. In the Bible Potiphar's wife has no name. The Bible says that Joseph's brothers sold him to the merchants, the Quran claims that the brothers were gone when the merchants found Joseph in the well.

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