Moses Essay

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The Mystery of Moses

     Moses is one of the most revered and important characters of the Old Testament. Yet, as much as we know about the people of that time, Moses is still a figure shrouded in mystery. His existence is not proven; his life is contradictory to itself, and his persona, as shown through the bible, is immensely glorified. But, who was he? Was he real or just a bedtime myth?

     There are many theories of the origin of Moses. According to the bible Moses was a man born of Hebrew descent. At the time of his birth, the Pharaoh felt his kingdom threatened by the Israelites (Hebrews) and ordered that every newborn male Israelite be dropped into the Nile River. His mother,
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     Moses led his people to Sinai where he ascended to the peak and received the Ten commandments of the Lord. These commandments were rules set by the Lord to give order to the Israelites.

"'I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on hearth below or in the waters beneath the Earth.'" (Exo. 20.2)


     While on mount Sinai, Moses was told to build an Ark out of acacia wood. "...two and a half cubits long, one half cubit wide, and one half cubits high. Plate it inside and out with pure gold, and put a molding of gold around the top." (Exo. 25.10) Moses was told to place four golden rings and fasten them as the four supports of the ark. Moses was also instructed to build a table out of acacia wood and plated with gold, a lamp stand of pure gold, a tent cloth out of fine linen twined of violet, purple, and scarlet yarn, Wooden walls made from acacia wood, veils woven of violet, purple, and scarlet yarn, an alter of acatia wood and

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