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Moses, (Hebrew: Moshe) , son of Amram and his wife Jochebed[?], a Levite. Legendary Hebrew liberator, leader, lawgiver, prophet, and historian. If he is a historical figure, he may have lived between the 13th century BC and the early part of the 12th century BCE.

According to tradition, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. He received the will of God on Mount Sinai, which he then wrote down so that the exact words of God would be preserved in the Torah (five books of Moses, Pentateuch). The Torah also contains the life story of Moses and his people till his death at the age of 120 years old. This narrative has been challenged by most biblical scholars (see JEDP_theory).

There is a wealth of stories and additional information about Moses in the Jewish genre of rabbinical exegesis known as Midrash.

See also: Aaron, Biblical figures, Passage of Red Sea



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