Moshe ((Hapi-)Mose)
drawn out (of the water)/offspring (of the inundation)
lived circa 1528 BCE to 1410 BCE

The great charismatic leader of the Israelites out of Egypt in the biblical tradition.

Found by queen Meryt/Thermuthis (daughter of Paentjenu/Palmothenes) in a cascet on the bank of the Nile, Moses was raised in the royal household of king Khaneferre Sobekhotep 4.
In his duties for the royal court he defended off a grave military assault on Egypt from Kush. After the Kushites had even managed to come as far north as Iunu he drove them all the way back and captured the Kushite capital at (today's) Kerma. This victory brought an end of the Kushite line of Piori 2. Allegedly Moses then married the daughter of Piori 2 named Tjarbit.

According to the Book of Exodus, he was born in Egypt to Hebrew parents, who set him afloat on the Nile in a reed basket to save him from an edict calling for the death of all newborn Hebrew males. Found by the pharaoh's daughter, he was reared in the Egyptian court. After killing a brutal Egyptian taskmaster, he fled to Midian, where Yahweh (God) revealed himself in a burning bush and called Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt. With the help of his brother Aaron, Moses pleaded with the pharaoh for the Israelites' release. The pharaoh let them go after Yahweh had visited a series of plagues on Egypt, but then sent his army after them. Yahweh parted the waters of the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to pass, then drowned the pursuing Egyptians. Yahweh made a covenant with the Israelites at Mount Sinai and delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses, who continued to lead his people through 40 years of wandering in the wilderness until they reached the edge of Canaan. He died before he could enter the Promised Land. Authorship of the first five books of the Bible (see Torah) is traditionally ascribed to him.




family
son of Amram and Jochebad
brother of Miriam, Aaron
husband of Tharbis
husband of Zipporah
father of Gershon, Eliezer

see also
Goshen, settlement of Hebrews in Egypt
Auaris, capital of Egypt in the 12th/13th Dynasties
Pi-Ramesse, capital of Egypt in the 19th Dynasty

sources
Antiquities of the Jews
The Bible, Exodus

external links
Wikipedia, entry for "Moses"

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