If you read through the generations of men immediately proceeding Joseph, and note their lifespans, they consistently average between 175 and 200 years. Over a vast area other animals crumpled to the ground and died.
Then Prince Joseph comes along, and not a single person after him lives more than 130 years As a side note, the Genesis account seems to indicate that the famine has something to do with something EAST of Israel. The waters boiled, and the creatures residing therein also died.
On January 31, 1971, members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) met in a Detroit hotel to discuss war crimes they claimed to have participated in or witnessed during their combat tours in Vietnam.
During the next three days, more than 100 Vietnam veterans and 16 civilians gave anguished, emotional testimony describing hundreds of atrocities against innocent civilians in South Vietnam, including rape, arson, torture, murder, and the shelling or napalming of entire villages.
(Remember, various ancient peoples were known to be expert seamen, and for this phrase to refer to the entire world, and for Egypt to feed the entire world, was not a huge logistical impossibility. But they also had more than just ships to get around in too. The Earth shook, scorched by the terrible heat of this weapon.
Meanwhile the British launched a major offensive at Passchendaele in autumn 1917: as at the Somme the previous year it proved a highly costly failure.
The First World War spanned four years and involved many nation states.
This section lists the events of the year 1917, the fourth year of the war.
Then Joseph has a dream warning him of impending famine. A famine hits the ENTIRE ancient world, that lasts for SEVEN years (and Egypt survives, as does likely the entire human race due to Prince Joseph's foresight).
So for seven years, he stockpiles every spare bit of grain and food available in Egypt. The description of this famine fits modern scenarios and projections of a nuclear winter following a global, all out nuclear war, a winter that is projected by modern meteorologists and war planners to last between 5 and 10 years... Twice towards the end of the chapter, it mentions the severity of the famine in relation to the entire world, and in looking at the original Hebrew text, it does indeed refer to the inhabitants of the entire earth, not just the Middle East.