St. Joseph's dreams
St. Joseph's dreams are four dreams described in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament in which Joseph, the legal father of Jesus, is visited by an angel of the Lord and receives specific instructions and warnings of impending danger. All four dreams relate to the Nativity of Jesus and his early life.
These dreams have been the subject of works of art by several well-known artists.
The four dreams are as follows:
- First dream: In Matthew 1:20-21 Joseph is told not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, because she was conceived by the Holy Spirit. (See also the Annunciation, in which an angel informs Mary with a similar message.)
- Second dream: In Matthew 2:13 Joseph is warned to leave Bethlehem and flee to Egypt.
- Third dream: In Matthew 2:19-20, while in Egypt, Joseph is told that it is safe to go back to Israel.
- Fourth dream: In Matthew 2:22, because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee instead of going to Judea.
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- A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English literature by David L. Jeffrey 1993 ISBN 0-8028-3634-8 pages 538-540
- James Hall, A History of Ideas and Images in Italian Art, 1983, John Murray, London, ISBN 0-7195-3971-4
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