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Flight Into Egypt in Art: Flight Into Egypt, Rest on the Flight Into Egypt

Flight Into Egypt in Art: Flight Into Egypt, Rest on the Flight Into Egypt

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Chapters: Flight Into Egypt, Rest on the Flight Into Egypt. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 23. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The flight into Egypt is a biblical event described in the Gospel of Matthew (2:13-23), in which Joseph fled to Egypt with his wife Mary and infant son Jesus after a visit by Magi because they learn that King Herod intends to kill the infants of that area. The episode is frequently shown in art, as the final episode of the Nativity of Jesus in art, and was a common component in cycles of the Life of the Virgin as well as the Life of Christ. Mural Icon depicting Joseph's Dream (11th century, Ateni Sioni Church, Georgia).When the Magi come in search of Jesus, they go to Herod the Great in Jerusalem and ask where to find the newborn "King of the Jews". Herod becomes paranoid that the child will threaten his throne, and seeks to kill him (2:1-8). Herod initiates the Massacre of the Innocents in hopes of killing the child (2:16-18). But an angel appears to Joseph and warns Joseph to take Jesus and his mother into Egypt (2:13). Egypt was a logical place to find refuge, as it was outside the dominions of King Herod, but both Egypt and Palestine were part of the Roman Empire, making travel between them easy and relatively safe. The Return of the Holy Family from Egypt by Jacob Jordaens (c. 1616, Staatliche Museen, Berlin).After a time Joseph and the others return from Egypt, the text stating that their enemies having died. Herod is believed to have died in 4 BC, and while Matthew doesn't mention how, the Jewish historian Josephus vividly relates a gory death. "Rest of the Virgin during The Flight into Egypt" by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1504, Staatliche Museen, Berlin).The land they return to is identified as Israel, the only place in the entire New Testament wh...