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The 150 Books of Dr. Ndagi Abdullahi

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The story of Joseph has been told in detail in the Bible and the Qur’an. The story is so detailedly narrated in these scriptures that it is a familiar one in the Judeo-Christian and Muslim world. But then the actual story as narrated in both the Bible and the Qur’an has been overshadowed by a nebulae of traditional versions and interpretative commentaries that have accumulated over the centuries in the Judeo-Christian and Muslim worlds.

In this book the author reviewed in great details that the story of Joseph as is popularly related today in Semiticized versions is completely different from the story of Joseph as is truly told in the Bible and the Qur’an.

I am not actually challenging the authority of the scriptures, both the Bible and the Qur’an, themselves. What I am against is the misinterpretation of the stories narrated by these scriptures by Judeo-Christian and Muslim scholars throughout the Judeo-Christian and Muslim worlds.

The basic features of the Joseph story as is popularly told today is that Joseph was actually taken from the land of his birth; and that under tribulative conditions was sold into slavery through the machinations and complicities of his own kith and kins; that this was done against the wish of his father; that in his land of captivity his exemplary character elevated him to fame and glory to become the butler in the home of an Egyptian cabinet minister; that the minister’s wife tried to obtain him for herself and when he rejected her advances she plotted against him and got him thrown into jail where he languished for a number of years; that he became popular in the prison as an extraordinary professional in the Science of Dream Interpretation; that it was this outmatching professionalism in the Science of Dream Interpretation that led to is being the only person in the whole of Egypt who was able to interpret the dream of the Pharaoh; that this eventually led to his appointment as the prime minister over the land of his captivity.

In this book I took a contextual look at the story of Joseph as it is narrated in both the Bible and the Qur’an. I confirmed that the main features of the story of Joseph as told in both the Bible and the Qur’an are true. What I complained against is the embellishment of this story by fictitious and superstitious putty to fill in the gaps by both Judeo-Christian and Muslim exegetes.

I am also against the Semitization of the story of Joseph by Judeo-Christian and Muslim commentators.

First and foremost I made it known that the story of Joseph as told by both the Bible and the Qur’an is a story of what happened several million years ago. I demonstrated that the story of Joseph is not a recent story that happened among the Jews just a few thousand years ago in the Middle East and the Nile delta.

I proved and demonstrated that the story of Joseph took place millions of years ago among Black African Negroes right in the heart of Black Negro Africa. I demonstrated the fact that Joseph is a Black African Negro and that the true story of Joseph is actually all about Black Negro Africa.

I demonstrated that Canaan, the land of birth of Joseph, is a Black Negro nation located right in the heart of Black Negro Africa. I also demonstrated that the land of Masara (Masar, Misra or Mizraim) into which Joseph was sold into captivity was also a Black Negro nation located in the heart of Black Negro Africa.

I demonstrated that it is not the Egypt of the Nile delta in North Africa that is being referred to in the story of Joseph as narrated by both the Bible and the Qur’an.

I re-emphasised the fact that the story of Joseph is a very ancient story which took place several million years ago. I spoke of that the very name Joseph, Yusuf or Ya-Safa testifies to the extreme antiquity of the life and times of Joseph.

The name, actually title, Ya-Safa (which we pronounce today as ‘Yusuf’ or ‘Joseph’) indicates the fact that Joseph was among super emperors who were the pioneer founders and establishers of the ancient civilization and religion of Safa which was a worldwide super civilization that dominated and ruled the entire world for millennia on end.

Elements and remnants of the Safa religion has continued to this days in various forms including as Philosophy (Fara-Safa) among the Greeks; as Sufism (Safa) among the Persians and Sunni Muslims; as Safari among the Arabs; as Zefat (Safa) in the modern State of Israel; etc, etc.

I talked of that the very ancient religion of Safa was not actually founded by Joseph. I demonstrated that the religion of Safa has been around since the time of Abraham. But Joseph was the latter world emperor who re-established the religion of Safa as a global world order and that is why his name is identified with the religion of Safa to this very day.

Joseph was a world emperor who ruled the entire world. And that is why unmistakable parallels of the story of Joseph can be clearly seen in the mythologies, traditions and legends of other peoples from all other parts of the world. The ancient Egyptians, for instance, relate a ‘Tale of the Two Brothers’ which is obviously an older and more spiritually garnished version of the story of Joseph.

But Joseph was a Black African Negro who was born, lived, flourished and died right in the heart of Black Negro Africa.

I also averred that the Science of Dream Interpretation was an established and popular science that was commonly studied, taught and practiced by all and sundry in the days of Joseph.

I broached that in the days of Joseph the Science of Dream Interpretation was not in those days an esoteric or occult art that was practised by only a collection of selected individuals. I demonstrated that the portrayal of the Science of Dream Interpretation as an esoteric or occult is due to a misinterpretation on the part of the Judeo-Christian and Muslim exegetes and commentators deriving from the fact that in modern times Dream Interpretation is wrongly assumed to be an esoteric or occult art practised by cultists, black magicians and satanists.

I pored over the topic that in the days of Joseph Dream Interpretation was actually a science that was prevalent and practised by virtually everybody much the same way that Reading and Writing is a prevalent art that is practised by everybody in modern times.

I put forward, however, that the difference with Joseph is that during his life time he was the most accomplished and most outperforming Dream Interpreter of his contemporaries. It was due to his incredible and extraordinary expertise at Dream Interpretation that he became the favoured prime minister in the land of his captivity.

I also inspected the topic of the proliferation of apocryphal and fictional love novellas deriving from Judeo-Christian and Muslim writers who are rapid in their Semitization of the story of Joseph as originally narrated in the Bible and the Qur’an.

I passed under review, as one of my case studies, the popular love story tilted ‘Yusuf and Zulaikha’ which was written in Persian by Nuruddin Abdurrahman ibn Ahmad Jami in the 16th century is a good illustration of the localization and indigenization of the true stories told in the Qur’an. This love story of Joseph and Zulaikha, which was actually written as a fictitious love novella based on the true story narrated in the Qur’an, has now became a sort of an authoritative, official and popular Semiticised version which has overshadowed the true story as narrated in the Qur’an.

I demonstrated the fact similar incidents as, that of the Joseph and Zulaikha love novella overshadowing the true Qur’anic story, has happened innumerable times in the Judeo-Christian world whereby some Semiticised and fictional versions of Biblical stories have come to overshadow the original Biblical versions of the stories themselves.

I dwelt on this point in order to emphasise my point to the effect that the proliferation of fictional stories written by some authors and writers always end up overshadowing the original and true stories that were narrated in the scriptures. I emphasise the fact that these derivative and fictional stories, which were written with local Semitic cultural and geographical flairs always ended up Semiticizing the original story that was narrated in the scriptures.

All these constitute another indication of how the story of Joseph, which had nothing to do with the Israelites and the Jews, has been totally transformed into a Jewish and an Israeli story.

I, of course, emphasised the fact that the story of Joseph never took place in the Middle East nor in the Egypt of the Nile delta in North Africa. I re-emphasised that the story of Joseph is not a Jewish or an Israeli story. The story of Joseph is a Black African Negro story about Black Negroes who lived in the heart of Black Negro Africa millions of years ago.

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