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The Concept of Salvator Mundi
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Latin, progeny, Christian, through, dangers, delivered, Mediterranean, Egypt, affirmed, Zaphenath, utilitarian, food, world, second, unconditionally, immortalized, transliterate, Jerome, two, end, Abram, universalism, violence, hieroglyphic, Babel, Earth, droughts, Abel, Joseph
the unusual name that the Pharaoh gave Joseph upon his elevation to being second in command over all of           
Genesis 41:45:
"Pharaoh gave Joseph the name                   -Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt."
until recently since the decipherment of the Egyptian                          language
readers of the Bible had no idea what this name meant
this is why Bibles usually simply                            the letters for the reader
Rabbinic readers understood the name as "breaker of codes"
this meanings fits nicely with the story of              solving the puzzle of dreams
St. Jerome
in his translation of the Bible into           , he rendered the term Salvator Mundi, or Savior of the World
the meaning from the Egyptian hieroglyphic language is a bit more surprising
the context of the chapter
Egypt is divided into        parts by the river Nile
because agriculture was driven irrigation instead of by rain, Egypt could weather                  much better than its neighbors, especially its neighbors to the north and east
was considered the "bread basket of the ancient                           "
Egypt was a dependable food source
we have wall paintings from the              millennium BC which show Semites coming into Egypt to escape the hardship of famine that struck their land
in the Joseph story, it's not only the immediate family of Jacob who comes into Egypt seeking         
Genesis 41:53-55
"The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an       , and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."
the line that must have drawn             's attention was the line, "all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain"
the universal thrust of Joseph's good deed
the Bible begins with an account of the downward trajectory of humankind
the fall of Adam and Eve
the slaying of          by Cain
the rise of                  that will lead to the sending of the flood
the generation that builds the Tower of           
it appears the God has failed to manage mankind as a whole, but he does not despair
in Chapter 12 he embarks on a new strategy
he chooses one man, Abram, through whom he will begin his grand project of restoration
the call of           , Genesis 12:1-3
"The Lord had said to Abram, Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed                you."
the key sentence is the pledge of salvation for all the world
the entire world has been                    by the actions of this single man
Joseph becomes the savior of the world
this note of                          is important to sound
many                    readers of the Bible carry with them an unstated assumption that the chosenness of the Jewish people is at its core a primitive, chauvinistic, and ethnocentric concept
what makes the Jews so special, many have asked
in order to counter this prejudice, it's important to see the universal stage that the Bible provides at least initially
paradoxically, the universal theme carries with it a few                as well
we say in effect that the only role for the Jews is to be a conduit of blessing for others
there is nothing intrinsically good, then, about the Jewish people that exceeds this                        function
we can avoid these errors by attending to the meaning of this last verse:
"through you all the people of the            will be blessed."
"to bless", in the reflexive state
the nations of the world will bless each other
Abraham and his                become examples
if we take the verb in this reflexive sense, the specialness of Israel is                         
the second meaning
Israel will mediate God's blessing to all the nations of the world
as Joseph did this during the famine in Egypt
both of these interpretations should be                 
God loves the Jewish people for their own sake, not simply what they can do for others
God loves the Jewish people                                simply for who they are
but at the same time God plans to save the            through their agency

Spelling Corrections:

Eponymous Ancestors in the Bible
The Story of Jacob and his Sons
The Biblical Motif of First Born Son
The Shepherd Motif
Joseph's Dreams
The Problematic of Chosenness: Samuel and Joseph
Joseph in the Pit: Descent and Ascent
The Three Descents and Ascents of Joseph
Change in the Non-Elect
Joseph's Prison Dreams
The Symbolic of Joseph's Dreams as Service Not Power
Judah Pleads to Joseph for Benjamin
Judah as Most Important Son of Jacob
The Concept of Salvator Mundi
Transition from Israel to Jesus
Elijah and the Restoration of Israel
Preparing for the Restoration
Historical Jesus and the Importance of Criteria
The Historical Jesus and the Criteria of Coherence
Jesus: Who Do You Say I Am?
Chosenness and Responsibility to Love and Service
Discipleship as Service to Others
The Travel Narrative: Humanity's Blindness
Who was Responsible for the Death of Jesus
Rembrandt's Depictions of the Trial of Jesus