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Moses
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Name means “[is] born” [Egyptian] or “he who is drawn [from water].” Brother of Aaron the High Priest and Miriam. Leader of the Hebrew people in the 13th century bc. Chosen by God to lead the Hebrew people from Egypt to Canaan. Speaks to God “face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (Exod 33:11 NRSV). He receives the Law of God on Mount Sinai and builds a tabernacle according to God’s instruction. Moses acts as an intermediary between God and the people for 40 years, but dies before entering the promised land.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Moses
Moses (מֹשֶׁה‎, mosheh; Μωϋσῆς, Mōusēs). Name means “[is] born” [Egyptian] or “he who is drawn [from water].” Brother of Aaron the High Priest and Miriam. Leader of the Hebrew people in the 13th century bc. Chosen by God to lead the Hebrew people from Egypt to Canaan. Speaks to God “face to face, as one
Song of Moses
Song of Moses (Deut 31:30–32:43). A poetic declaration that comes after the passing of Moses’ leadership to Joshua and before a prediction of Moses’ death.
Bridegroom of Blood
Bridegroom of Blood (חֲתַן דָּמִים‎, chathan damim). A phrase that occurs in Exod 4:24–26 related to the circumcision of Moses’ son. The precise meaning of the phrase is debated, but it is either related to blood sacrifice, the recognition of bloodguilt being accounted for, or covenant kinship.
Law in the Hebrew Bible
Law in the Hebrew Bible Serves as a key element of God’s covenant with His people, a formative part of Israelite culture, and the primary description of the earliest sections of the Hebrew Bible. Provides instruction for avoiding idolatry and injustice.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Moses (Person)
MOSES (PERSON) [Heb mōšeh (מֹשֶׁה)]. The man chosen by God to lead the Hebrew people out of Egyptian bondage, to preside over the Sinai ceremony constituting those people as the people of God, and to lead the Hebrew people to the promised land. As such, Moses is arguably the most prominent person in
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Moses
Moses. Great leader of the Hebrew people who brought them out of bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land in Canaan; also the one who gave them the Law at Mt Sinai that became the basis for their religious faith through the centuries. Focused in this one person are the figures of prophet, priest, lawgiver,
Moses, Song of
Moses, Song of. One of two archaic poems: the Blessing of Moses (Dt 33) and the Song of Moses (ch 32). The Song of the Sea (Ex 15) is set at a much earlier period of Moses’ life, while these two poems are virtually his “last will and testament.”Moses has already written the Law book as a witness against
Moses’ Seat
Moses’ Seat. Biblical expression occurring only in Matthew 23:2, where Jesus speaks of the scribes and the Pharisees as having sat down upon the seat of Moses. In biblical times, the seat which one occupied usually indicated the degree of rank or respect one claimed for himself or was to receive from
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Moses
Moses mṑzəs [Heb mōšeh; Gk Mōysēs]. The liberator and lawgiver of Israel, the most important person in the OT. While Abraham may be regarded as the founder of Israel’s faith, Moses is the founder of Israel’s religion. I. Historicity and Date II. LifeA. Early Years1. Birth2. NameB. Refuge
Moses, Song of
Moses, Song of [Gk. hē ō̧dḗ Mōyséōs]. The name given to the song that John heard the saved singing (Rev. 15:3). Scholars disagree about the identity of this song, since two poetic passages in the Pentateuch are often designated the Song of Moses: Ex. 15:1–18 extols Yahweh’s deliverance in the
Moses’ Seat
Moses’ Seat [Gk tḗs Mōuseōs kathédras]; NEB CHAIR OF MOSES. In Mt. 23:2, Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat.” Many claim that Jesus was referring to a familiar piece of furniture in ancient synagogues and identify the stone chairs excavated from synagogues in Hammath
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Moses
MOSES Great leader of the Hebrew people who brought them out of bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land in Canaan; also the one who gave them the law at Mt Sinai that became the basis for their religious faith through the centuries. Focused in this one person are the figures of prophet, priest, lawgiver,
Moses, Song of
MOSES, SONG OF One of two archaic poems: the Blessing of Moses (Dt 33) and the Song of Moses (ch 32). The Song of the Sea (Ex 15) is set at a much earlier period of Moses’ life, while these two poems are virtually his “last will and testament.”Moses had already written books of the Law as a witness
Moses’ Seat
MOSES’ SEAT* Biblical expression occurring only in Matthew 23:2, where Jesus speaks of the scribes and the Pharisees as having sat down on the seat of Moses. In biblical times, the seat that one occupied usually indicated the degree of rank or respect one claimed for himself or was to receive from others
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Moses
Moses (moh´zis), the first and preeminent leader of the Israelites, who led the people out of Egypt to the threshold of the promised land; he is also the lawgiver and the archetypic prophet. He is the dominant individual character in the biblical narrative from Exodus to Deuteronomy. The text speaks
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Moses
MOSES. The great leader and lawgiver of the Hebrews, under whose hand God brought the Israelites from Egypt to the borders of the Promised Land. Moses was the greatest figure in the OT dispensation, for he was its human founder and as such was a type of Christ (cf. Heb 3:1–6).The name. In Ex 2:10 a
Law of Moses
LAW OF MOSESThe Law of Moses ExplainedThe various aspects of the law of Moses may be set forth in the following distinctions:(1) Some parts of the law state commands as categorical imperatives (illustrated in the Ten Commandments, Ex 20:1–17); other parts of the law deal with specific cases and are
Ark of Bulrushes
The traditional spot where Moses was rescued from the Nile. HFVARK OF BULRUSHES. When the mother of Moses could no longer hide the baby Moses, she placed him in an ark made of rushes or papyrus reeds caulked with pitch (Ex 2:3), to avoid killing the child in accord with Pharaoh’s cruel decree (Ex
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Moses
MOSES. The great leader and lawgiver through whom God brought the Hebrews out of Egypt, constituted them a nation for his service, and brought them within reach of the land promised to their forefathers.
Ark
ARK. 1. The ark of Noah (Heb. tēḇâ, probably from Egyp. ḏb’.t, ‘chest, coffin’, Gn. 6–9; kibōtos, ‘box, chest’ in the NT) was evidently intended to be no more than a floating repository, measuring, if the cubit is taken at c. 46 cm (*Weights and Measures), about 150 × 25 × 15 m (Gn. 6:15). It is
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bridegroom of Blood
Bridegroom of BloodAn epithet in Exod. 4:24–26, arguably the most enigmatic passage in the Pentateuch. It has been seen variously as the etiology of infant circumcision in Israel; a symbolic, ritually correct, (re)circumcision of Moses; or even the expiation of Moses’ bloodguilt after killing the Egyptian.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Moses
Moses [mōˊzəz] (Heb. mōšeh; cf. Egyp. mśy “to be born” or “son”). † The first great leader of the Hebrew people, regarded as author of the first five books of the Old Testament. Moses is revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims for his daring leadership and diplomacy as well as his promulgation
Bridegroom of Blood
Bridegroom of Blood (Heb. aṯan-dāmîm). A name which Zipporah gave her husband Moses (Exod. 4:25–26). In order to quell the Lord’s anger and spare Moses’ life, Zipporah circumcises their firstborn son Gershom (v. 25, “cut off her son’s foreskin”). She then touches her husband’s genitals (the
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Moses
MOSES משׁהΜωυσῆςI. In the Bible Moses is the human →mediator of revelation par excellence. His name occurs ca. 765 times in the OT (especially in Exod [290x]-Josh) and ca. 80 times in the NT (more frequently than the name of any other OT person, especially in reference to Moses as lawgiver and author
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Moses
MosesThe Gospels present Moses as the mediator of the Law* and more significantly as one who foretold and foreshadowed Jesus’ coming. Jesus is presented as a prophet* like Moses (Deut 18:15–19) and as a lawgiver like Moses (not as merely an interpreter of Moses).1. Moses As Mediator of the Law2. A