The Story of Moses

Icon of Moses and the Burning Bush. Russian icon. 18th C. Kizhi monastery.
Icon of Moses and the Burning Bush. Russian icon. 18th C. Kizhi monastery. Public Domain. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

The story of Moses is the story of one of the most important figures in the Old Testament. He is central to the Book of Exodus, the 10 Commandments, the 10 Plagues of Egypt, and his birth story has elements typical of the great legendary heroes.

Profile of Moses:

Moses was an early leader of the Hebrews and probably the most important figure in Judaism. He was raised in the court of the Pharaoh in Egypt, but then led the Hebrew people out of Egypt.

Moses is said to have talked with God. His story is told in the Bible in the book of Exodus. Read more about Moses:


Childhood of Moses:

Moses was the third child of a Levite family in Egypt. At the time, baby boys born to Hebrews were supposed to be drowned at birth, but like the herdsman in the Oedipus story who was entrusted with disposing of Jocasta's son, Moses' mother didn't have the heart to comply. Read about what happened instead:


When Was the Exodus?:

Some believe the Exodus never took place because there is no physical or literary proof beyond the Bible. Others say all the proof that is needed is in the Bible. Archaeologists and historians tend to take a middle view. Read more about the dating of Exodus:


What Are the 10 Commandments?:

The Ten Commandments are listed in the Biblical book of Exodus, where God gives them to Moses while on Mt.

Sinai. Read more about the 10 Commandments of Judaism and Christianity:


What Are Moses' 10 Plagues?:

The 10 Plagues associated with Moses were not created by Moses, but by his God. Moses is connected with the 10 Plagues because they helped Moses get what he wanted from the Egyptian pharaoh: Read more about the 10 Plagues of Egypt and Moses:


Ancient Egypt of the Times:



Moses Speaks With God:

The terms "Burning Bush" and "the Land of Milk and Honey" come from the conversation Moses had with God in which he argued to let his brother Aaron do the talking. Read more about Moses and the Burning Bush: