Recently I came across a story of a man who lived far from his family in a neighbouring country for many years. Decades after his arrival, his siblings visited the country where he lived and chanced to find themselves interacting with him. But so long had it been since they'd seen him and so much did he appear a native - language, clothing, customs... that they didn't recognize him. And he didn't reveal himself. An interpreter was present at the meeting, translating between the man and his siblings, but the man in fact understood everything his siblings were saying. They were actually speaking in his mother tongue.
The setting is Egypt, thousands of years B.C. The man is Joseph. The siblings are his ten brothers who have come to beg grain because the famine in their homeland, Israel, is so severe that they fear death. The same ten brothers who'd thrown him into a cistern when he was a kid and then sold him into slavery to passing merchants - telling their father the lie that a wild animal had killed him.
So Joseph first arrives in the country destitute - betrayed, enslaved, alone. His initial job is as a house servant where he shows his smarts and gets promoted. Before long he's in charge of the whole household... whereupon his master's wife falls for him, tries unsuccessfully to seduce him, frames him, and gets him fired and imprisoned. (The stuff of modern day soap operas, I tell you.)Read More