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Biography – Joshua

Name: Joshua Cohen (Y'hoshua Kohen). 

Date and Place of Birth: Around 50 C.E. in Jerusalem

Religion:  Jewish. Joshua considers himself modern Orthodox (although he is terribly liberal when it comes to women and sex).

He is well-studied in other religious traditions, especially Islam and Christianity, and he is considerate of others’ beliefs. He very much believes in an active God who is at work in the world, and who has tasks (destinies) laid out for everyone.

He does not believe that his kind are automatically damned, but that they have to earn their redemption through right action. He does, however, allow that they have to do more than the average person, seeing how they live so much longer. He also feels that their extraordinary abilities—strength, speed, mental control, and regenerative powers—must be “paid back” though charitable actions towards others—such as defending Yaechahre.

How He Was Turned:  Joshua became Yaechahre when he was sold into slavery at the age of 22. The group he lived with was a nomadic family unit, as was traditional for the Canichmehah (although the nomadic family unit was already somewhat out of fashion at that time; people were beginning to live in groups in cities, not bound by family ties). 

Their Eruj was the sire of one woman and three men, all of whom lived in the group. When Joshua was about 55 years old, the Eruj offered Joshua his freedom if he would turn. Joshua was owned by the man’s daughter and hated the woman with a passion, so he jumped at the opportunity to be free of her. An altercation between her and Joshua (after he was turned), however, proved very quickly that the two could not live in close proximity to one another, so Joshua was fostered out to a friend of his sire.

Children: Joshua had 8 biological children and 48 grandchildren (he quit keeping count after that and lost touch with his descendants, although—after 90-some-odd generations—he still has one biological descendant in existence).

He's had a number of vampire children over the millennia, but the only one he has currently is Naomi. She was orphaned as a 14 year old when Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders (in 1099). She was surrounded by six Franks and in imminent danger of being gang raped when Joshua happened to pass by, and he single-handedly dispatched all of them (he killed two). He then took Naomi under his wing, raising her as a Yaechahre. After several years, they became lovers, and he eventually turned her, at her request.

Although Joshua cannot and will not commit to any sort of long-term relationship with anyone, he and Naomi maintain a mutual love and respect for one another, and when it suits them, they will go back to being lovers.

Other family members: Micah is his great-grandchild by blood, and Isaac is his great-great-grandchild.

Hobbies and Interests: I think "making love" would count as an interest—if not hobby. 

When he's not fulfilling his duties as Erujtah, he teaches history of the Canichmehah, ancient history, and the history of the Jewish people at the Canichmehah's university.

He also enjoys learning languages; at last count he spoke and read fifteen languages, and he’s working on two more: Russian and Amharic (Ethiopian).

Bet You Didn’t Know: As a young man, Joshua was an active participant in the Jewish rebellion against Rome. While fighting against the Romans when they took Jerusalem in 70 A.D., he was knocked unconscious--but not before he saw the Temple on fire. When he came to, he was captured and jailed. Luckily for him, he escaped the mass crucifixion of thousands of other Jews after the fall of the city, and after a savage beating (he still carries the whip scars on his back), he was sold into slavery.

He generally avoided warfare for the next 1,870 years—preferring to leave Jerusalem before it was besieged—but he became a rebel again around WWII, when he once again smelled Jewish independence in the air. He’s participated as a soldier in every major war on Israeli soil since the formation of the State, and he works as a special agent for Mossad from time to time.

The Quotable Vampire: “Oh, did I say that in my out loud voice?”

(Image is of actor Oded Fehr.)

© 2012 by Keri Peardon. All rights reserved.

 

Web design by Keri Peardon.

 

Background for the website and the header is from Lilium medicinae by Bernardus de Gordonio, translated into Hebrew by Moses ben Shmaya de Castro in Escalona, Spain, January 11, 1466. The original manuscript is housed at the Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The female figure in the header is from the Manesse Codex, which is housed at the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.

© 2012 by Keri Peardon. All rights reserved.

 

Web design by Keri Peardon.

 

Background for the website and the header is from Lilium medicinae by Bernardus de Gordonio, translated into Hebrew by Moses ben Shmaya de Castro in Escalona, Spain, January 11, 1466. The original manuscript is housed at the Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The female figure in the header is from the Manesse Codex, which is housed at the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.