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Moses is a prophet of the Old Testament, who is traditionally considered the author of the Pentateuch. According to the Bible, he led the Hebrews out of Egyptian slavery, and delivered the famous Ten Commandments as well as numerous other commandments, collectively known as Mosaic law.

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Kills a Man In Secret

Exodus 2:12 Bible-icon.png And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

Commands Genocide, Gendercide and Rape

  • Numbers 31:14-18 Bible-icon.png And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

Death

Deuteronomy 34:5 records the death of Moses, unless Moses is writing from beyond the grave, he didn't write all of the first five books of the Bible. In fact, it seems that there were four classes of authors who wrote the Pentateuch.

  • Deuteronomy 34:5 Bible-icon.png So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
  • Deuteronomy 34:6 Bible-icon.png And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
  • Deuteronomy 34:7 Bible-icon.png And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

Etymology of His Name and Implications

The name "Moses" is derived from two Egyptian words "Mose" and "Swh" meaning "son of" and "Nile" respectively (Another example is the name "Thutmose" which means "son of Tut"). The motives behind Moses' name however is that because he is coming out of the Nile, a god to the Egyptians. Note, however, that not all of the Egyptian word for Nile is still present however; this seems to suggest that the character of Moses cuts the name of the Nile in half in rebellion from his old polytheistic upbringing! It seems that even the name of Moses suggests the Old Testament writers were seeking to merely make a point with Moses' character, and that he is more a symbol of something than an actual person.


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