Category: Old Testament

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The second book of the Maccabees is one of the last-written books found in the Old Testament. It contains a story of seven brothers and their mother, who were all martyred for their refusal to break the Law of Moses. A century and a half before Christ, a ruthless man named Antiochus Epiphanes became king … Continue reading The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

Joseph’s Life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1 – 41:57)

Joseph’s Life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1 – 41:57)

This remarkable ‘Joseph’ window tells almost the entire story of the lives of both Joseph and St Joseph, the foster-father of Christ. Various events from the life of Joseph are paired with similar events in the later life of St Joseph. This is because one was understood to foreshadow the other. The window, which is by Hardmans, dates to 1882 and is found within the rosary shrine of Our Lady & St Dominic, London.

Hannah commits Samuel to God (1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:18-21)

Hannah commits Samuel to God (1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:18-21)

This stained glass scene is of Hannah encouraging her son Samuel – who was to later become a great prophet - to read the Scriptures. Hannah was married to Elkanah but had been unable to have children, which was something that caused her great pain. During the yearly family pilgrimage to the Temple, in tears … Continue reading Hannah commits Samuel to God (1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:18-21)