For my first Western Civilization essay, it will be about the summary of the Hebrew history from Abraham to Moses.
Now Abraham is from the Mesopotamian city, Ur. Mesopotamia now in modern days is the country of Iraq. It wasn’t until one day, he got a call from God saying, to leave home and travel to the region of Canaan. And was given a divine promise saying that in generations later, he will be known as the founder of a powerful nation. So Abraham and his wife do this, and there they have a son Isaac, who is very loved. Then Abraham thinks he has to sacrifice his son Isaac to please God, but at the last minute, he is spared.
And so, Isaac grows up, and soon has to find a wife. He sets out and meets Rebekah. They get married and have two sons Jacob and Esau. Jacob was always jealous of Esau who was the oldest and had the benefits of being the eldest son. So one day Jacob tricks Esau to give up his heritage, and so Esau does this as a joke. And when Issac becomes old, he gives his blessings to the eldest son, Jacob, and when Esau heard of this, he threatens to kill Jacob. So their mother sends Jacob away.
Jacob sets out and stays with his uncle, who has two daughters, Leah and Rachel. Because of consequences he eventually marries both of them and has a total of 12 sons. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite, and Joseph’s brothers hated him for that, so they sold him to slavery.
Joseph ended up in Egypt and became a famous dream prophet and was favored by the Pharaoh. Because of this gift, the Pharaoh was able to prepare for a famine that was coming. And many Hebrews came to Egypt to escape the famine. But when Joseph and the Pharaoh died, situations became worse. The Egyptians enslaved the Hebrews and the new Pharaoh ordered all the Jewish baby boys to be killed.
This is when Moses comes in. Moses’s mother put him by the river, and surprisingly the Pharaoh’s daughter finds him and adopted Moses. So Moses grew up in the palace and was interested in the Hebrews, so often went to stop by and see the Hebrews. One day he kills an Egyptian supervisor because he was beating a slave, and had to flee.
Moses ended up fleeing for a time and worked as a shepherd. Until he gets a message from God saying to help his people and lead his people to the promised land, and he does this and now is remembered as the man who led the Hebrews to the Promised Land
I hope you liked this essay, there will be much more coming in the many weeks.